The transition to fall means cooling temperatures and falling leaves. Though fallen leaves are a pleasant staple of autumn, they can also create a hazard in the form of clogged storm drains.

When too many leaves pile up in a storm drain, it can be difficult for water to pass through. This can cause flooding in yards and basements and may even lead to a decline in water quality.

“We’ve had isolated street flooding from leaves backing up or plugging the drains,” says Larry Diamond, Storm Water Supervisor.

Eagle Mountain City seeks to alleviate these problems by providing a leaf pick-up service each year, called “Bag the Leaf.”

Beginning Oct. 25, residents can place bags of leaves on the curb for the City to pick up and dispose of.

Free bags are also available for pick-up from City Hall or the Community Development Building, while supplies last.

The pick-up service is for leaves only and residents should not leave bags of branches, dirt, animal waste or other trash. Residents are also asked to limit bags to 40 lbs. each.

“We do the fall leaf clean-up to prevent localized flooding conditions during the fall and the winter,” says Diamond. “It also helps prevent organic pollutants from entering the storm drain system.”

In addition to keeping the streets and storm drains clear, Diamond says Bag the Leaf is also a service to homeowners, providing a free method of disposing of leaves properly.

The City will perform street sweeping and mulching services to keep storm drains clear, and residents can help by taking advantage of the Bag the Leaf program.

Together, these efforts will prevent clogged storm drains and floods that can be labor-intensive and costly to repair.

Leaf collection will begin Tuesday, Oct. 25, and conclude Friday, Dec. 2.

To report leaves for pick-up, or if you have questions, please contact Larry Diamond at ldiamond@emcity.org