Town Asking Residents to Clear Drains for Hurricane
In preparation for Hurricane Sandy, the Town of Andover is asking all residents to clear the drains near their homes to assist the town to ensure drainage systems do not clog.
This was provided by the Town of Andover. The town is providing continual hurricane updates on their website: andoverma.gov.
The Town of Andover is requesting that residents work with their neighbors to clear storm drains in front of their property and along their roadway.
There is a high possibility of Hurricane Sandy hitting the east coast with heavy rains and high winds. There are over 4,000 storm drains/catch basins in the Town of Andover. The DPW has had multiple crews out clearing the storm drains on a daily basis. However, the trees have been dropping the Fall foliage quickly which makes it impossible to clear all drains by Sunday evening.
The Town is asking that residents check the storm drains, rake leaves away from the drain (not into the drain), and to dispose of the leaves and debris in yard waste bins or brown paper leaf bags. Do not remove the storm grates.
The DPW would like to remind residents that street sweepers cannot pick up large piles of leaves. Residents are never to rake or blow leaves from their property into the street. Thank you for your cooperation.