Ocean County residents urged to Keep Storm Drains Clear

TOMS RIVER – Ocean County officials are reminding residents to keep their local storm drains clean and free of debris as potential winter storms approach.

Some long-range forecasts call for a greater chance of winter storms hitting the region in the coming weeks. Blocked drains can cause water to pool in streets and once that water freezes, the sheets of ice pose a driving hazard.

“Every Fall I ask the people please do not rake leaves into the streets where they can block drains,” said Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari. “Now, after weeks of warmer that normal temperatures, I’m again calling on our residents to keep the drains clear.”

Residents should check with their towns to learn when municipal leaf collections will be held. They should also immediately report any clogged storm drains rather than wait for it to become a flooding issue.

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