July 12, 2013

Grass clippings clogging drains

Residents asked to properly dispose of yard waste.

By Amie Sites Pharos-Tribune

---- — Grass caused some flooding after a storm Wednesday in Logansport.

Flooding that occurred on 24th Street at Broadway and North streets Wednesday was due to grass clippings blocking catch basins, said Paul Hartman, Logansport Municipal Utilities superintendent.

There were 6 to 8 inches of standing water when the rain first came down, he said.

Officials from the Logansport streets department took shovels and rakes to clear the drain from flooding a little after 2 p.m. Wednesday, according to Dan Williams, Logansport streets department superintendent.

Once they pulled the grass, it started draining immediately and was down within 10 minutes, Williams said. Grass is being mowed more often this year because of rain and residents are mowing it out into the street, he said.

“I would advise people not to mow out in the street, and if they do, pick up grass clippings, place them in to a recycling bags and put them out by the street,” Williams said. “We pick them up weekly and it would certainly help the issue.”

According to city ordinance 2004-36, passed by the city council, the Logansport Street Department will pick up yard waste material and take it to the composting facility during the months of April through November. The yard waste must be placed in a two-ply biodegradable 30-gallon paper bag.

Recycling bags can be purchased at Walmart, Rural King, Arone Hardware and Logan Lumber.

William also advised people to call the department if they see an issue.

“If residents see a drain covered and call us, we can fix it,” Williams said.

Amie Sites is a reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or