How can you help prevent flooding?

How can you help prevent flooding?

As autumn is upon us, we are urging residents to do their bit to reduce the risk of flooding by raking up leaves that fall in your garden or driveway. Avoid blowing or sweeping them onto the pavement or into the road and gutter.
At this time of year our street cleaning crews clear away hundreds of tonnes of leaves from pavements and roads. It’s important the leaves are collected as they can block storm water drains. When leaves go into storm drains, they clog the pipes and this may cause street flooding.

Please help us by scooping up the leaves that fall in your property and garden. The collected leaves can be composted along with other garden waste to help improve your soil next spring, or taken away as part of the green waste collection service. You can also bag them up and take them to your local community recycling centre. Check your property’s gutters and drains too because they can also get blocked with fallen leaves.
For more information about composting and our Green Waste Club, visit For more information about your local community recycling centre, visit Surrey County Council’s website at


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