City Of Miami Asks Its Residents To Keep Drainage Ditches Clear

Wednesday, July 20th 2011, 11:13 am
By: News On 6

MIAMI, Oklahoma -- City of Miami officials are asking residents in their community to not dump yard waste or tree trimming in the city's drainage ditches.

Jill Fitzgibbon with the city of Miami says during flash flooding events many of those drainage ditches clog up at the storm drain pipes because of man-created debris.

She says cleaning the debris costs about $250 per incident.

In a news release, Fitzgibbon says debris like this has to be cleaned up about 50 times per month. The issue is also a violation of city code.

Fitzgibbons says when debris is left in the drainage ditches, it creates flooding that could have been prevented.

The City of Miami picks up yard debris curbside on Fridays and also allows everyone to dispose of their yard debris at the transfer station free of charge.