Pharos-Tribune

July 16, 2013

OUR VIEW: Grass clippings causing problems


Pharos-Tribune

---- — This summer has been much different than the season we endured last year. While we’re still bearing the heat, at least it’s raining and we’re not facing another drought.

But with that rain comes one downfall for homeowners — mowing. And they have already done their fair share of it this summer, with no end in sight. Some weeks, the yard requires two passes with the lawnmower. That’s a far cry from the break the John Deeres got last summer.

But with the additional mowing this summer, we’re experiencing an unusual problem here in Logansport — flooding. If you’re scratching your head wondering what mowing has to do with flooding, you’re not alone. We didn’t understand it at first either.

But Logansport Municipal Utilities superintendent Paul Hartman filled us in last week when we were looking into the flooding that occurred on 24th Street at Broadway and North streets.

It seems, Hartman explained, the grass clippings were the culprit. With 6 to 8 inches of standing water in the area, all it took to fix the problem were shovels and rakes to clear the drain. Within minutes, the standing water was draining away.

This is a problem the city would like to see not happen again. We can understand that.

And the solution is simple: Don’t mow out into the street.

That’s the easy answer from Dan Williams, streets department superintendent.

It’s as simple as pointing your mower toward the interior of your lawn for the first few trips around instead of pointing the blower into the street. Because people are mowing more this summer, Williams explained, it’s more of a problem than in years past.

You may be thinking but what’s the big deal if I blow a few yard clippings into the street? We’re sure it wouldn’t be that big of a deal, if just you were doing it. But when you get entire streets, blocks and neighborhoods doing it, it becomes a problem — just like it did last week.

So, we encourage every homeowner to do their part.

Also, Williams told us, the city will pick up grass clippings. Place them into a recycling bag and put them out by the street. The city will pick them up weekly.

That’s pretty simple, too.

THE ISSUE OUR VIEW We encourage every homeowner to do their part.