West Sussex County Council is calling on residents who are able to help rake leaves away from drains to stop them blocking up. 

Every autumn, highway drains quickly become covered with falling leaves and sometimes blocked – increasing the likelihood of flooding. Five minutes spent raking them out of the way is all it takes to prevent this from happening.

Five top tips:

  • Where possible do it in daylight (outside peak hours) when visibility is good, on roads of less than 40mph.
  • Stand on the verge or pavement and rake leaves downhill towards you until they are well out of the way.
  • If you live on a busy street, park your car in front of the drain to create a safety barrier for you.
  • Wear something bright so you are clearly visible and other road users know you’re there.
  • Avoid raking leaves uphill, or into the road, as they will only be blown or washed back into the drain.

If flooding problems persist after a drain has been cleared of leaves, you can report them by visiting love.westsussex.gov.uk or report any defect using our Love West Sussex phone app, downloaded free for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry.  For more information watch a short video  https://youtu.be/cmzairxU5dQ

Clearing ditches before winter arrives!

If you are a riparian ditch owner, now is the time to clear summer vegetation growth before winter arrives.  The County Council is keen for riparian owners, who are responsible for the upkeep of their ditches, to make the most of the warmer weather while it lasts and clear them out.

Ditches are watercourses designed to drain the surrounding area or hold water. Removing vegetation, grass weeds, shrubs or any other debris helps water run freely and prevents flooding. It is easier to stand inside a ditch to cut it back while the weather is hopefully drier.

If ditches need heavier clearance work, Operation Watershed fund can offer help.

More information can be found on www.westsussex.gov.uk/watershed
or email operation.watershed@westsussex.gov.uk