SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Ah, the leaves have fallen off the trees, Thanksgiving has passed and the hustle & bustle of the holiday season is upon us. 

Although we have all been enjoying the unusually warm weather recently, we all know the real winter weather is coming soon.  Hopefully, everyone will be prepared to take on Mother Nature with shovels in hand, snow blowers & snow plows at the ready, but did you ever think about the storm drains near your home?  What?

Storm drains play an important role by removing water from our roadways.  Once the snow starts to melt it will travel toward our storm drains into our sewers.  Or will it??  

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If water is not allowed to flow into storm drains it will start to pond over the roadways, creating a dangerous situation.  Vehicles can hydroplane through the excessive water, and the operator can lose control of the vehicle and possibly cause an accident.  Standing water also poses a problem when the temperature is below freezing as it creates ice and can easily cause a motor vehicle accident or a slip and fall accident.  The excessive water can also back up onto your property and into your home.

Please be mindful of any storm drains near your home and adopt the nearest storm drain by keeping it clear of leaves, litter, snow and ice.  Encourage your neighbors to do the same. 

Keeping the storm drains clear should not only be done during the winter but throughout the year.

 If we all work together we make are roads safer and environmentally friendly.

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Happy Holidays from the South Plainfield Green Team!