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City Crews Try to Control Fall Foliage

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The beautiful fall we've enjoyed is turning into a monumental clean-up for city crews.

"I don't know that there are any more leave this year than last but they seemed to come down all at once and we've just put out two extra street sweepers to help us get through the neighborhoods," said Danno Seaton who supervises the storm drain maintenance in Sparks.

And in Reno, trucks were out in the leafiest of neighborhoods today.

"We have crews go ahead of the truck and rake the leaves away from the curb so the truck can vacuum them up," said Marnell Heinz with the City of Reno. "Then the street sweepers come along behind to really clean them up."

And those crews are working eight hours a day gathering leaves before they get into the storm drains.

"The problem is if the leaves clog up the storm drains, we can have localized flooding in neighborhoods. We don't want the leaves to get down in the drains so we get them cleaned-up as soon as they hit the ground if we can.

They will pick up whatever is in the street, but they'd prefer folks bag their own leaves from their backyards. To help with that, they are handing out debris bags for free in the City of Reno. You can stop by 1640 E. Commercial Way in Reno anytime Monday–Friday 7 a.m. -4 p.m. and pick as many as ten bags per address.

Written by Erin Breen

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