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Fall Street Sweeping Begins on Streets at High Risk for Spring Flooding

For immediate release: October 12, 2017 - 10:00am

The removal of leaves and debris from Saskatoon streets resumes again this fall with the program beginning Monday, October 16. The purpose of the Fall Street Sweeping Program is to reduce the risk of spring flooding by ensuring leaves and debris are not blocking street drains.

“This year, the priority is to sweep streets where higher volumes of leaves typically fall,” says Brandon Harris, Director of Roadways & Operations. “This is the first time sweeping will occur in areas based on tree density, rather than neighbourhood boundaries.

“So, this means some streets in a neighbourhood that previously were swept will not be included this year in order to sweep nearby streets that will have more leaves and the potential for clogged curbs and catch basins in the spring.”

Bright yellow ‘No Parking’ signs will be posted 36-48 hours before scheduled sweeping begins, so residents know when to move their vehicles. Vehicles remaining at 7 a.m. may be ticketed and relocated to a nearby street.

Before sweeping occurs, residents can prepare by raking up leaves from their property, including the boulevards. As a reminder, leaves can be placed in green carts, taken to compost depots, or bagged and put into black carts. Leaves cannot be swept or raked onto the street.

“It’s really important to keep extra leaves off the street, as it can delay sweeping. If excessive leaves become a problem for the sweepers, a street may be skipped entirely in order to keep on schedule,” Harris says.

To locate a vehicle that has been towed, visit Find My Vehicle! or call the 24-Hour Customer Service Centre at 306-975-2476..

Fall street sweeping is weather-dependant and the start date may be delayed if the daytime temperature remains below zero or if there is heavy rain or snow. Alternately, the program may end early if there is a heavy snowfall during the schedule that does not melt quickly.

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