As the leaves begin to change color around town, the City of Tiffin is asking residents to practice good stormwater management practices with leaves and yard debris. Falling leaves tend to plug catch basins and storm drains very quickly. These plugs cause local flooding in streets and yards, increasing the risk of basement flooding and other water damage. The first line of defense against this problem comes from residents who continue to embrace the Stormwater Management Program and keep homes and surrounding areas clean and free of excess yard waste and leaves.

Depending on the quantity and species of trees, this may prove difficult. Many residents find success using  lawnmowers to mulch reasonable amounts of leaves in place. Make sure to aim lawnmower chutes away from roadways and drains, and let the organic matter help amend soil.

The City of Tiffin Water Pollution Control Center, 961 N Water St, is open 7 days a week from 7:00 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. to accept plant cuttings and leaves. All of these options help maintain the City’s infrastructure and environment.

Please contact the City of Tiffin if anything out of the ordinary in regards to drainage into the storm drains or waterways throughout town occurs. Any illicit discharges should be reported to the Public Works Department (419-448-5430, Mon-Fri, 7 A.M. to 3 P.M.) or after hours to the Police Department Dispatch Office (419-447-2323).