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Niles mayor says grass clippings could cause flooding

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Residents of a Valley community are being asked to keep grass clippings off the street, claiming they could cause flooding problems.

A media release from Niles Mayor Steven Mientkiewicz reminds residents and landscapers to prevent lawn clippings from going into streets and storm drains.

The mayor says in the release that blowing grass and other yard debris into the sidewalk, street, or storm drainage system can cause flooding and safety problems.

In addition to clogging drains, Mientkiewicz said that clippings could make their way from storm drains into waterways adding unnecessary nutrients, which help feed harmful algal blooms.

The mayor said clippings could also create a slippery and dangerous surface for traveling motorcyclists and bicyclists.

The city suggests that people use a mulching mower to put clippings back into the turf.

Those who use a discharging mower are being asked to point the blower toward their property, and away from the street to prevent clippings from leaving the lawn.

Clippings that land in the street should be blown or swept up, according to the mayor.

In May, the Village of Sebring reminded residents that leaving lawn clippings in the street can result in a $150 fine.

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