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City of Puyallup

Fall Leaves: Pretty, Problematic

The fall season is upon us, as evidenced by the bright red, gold and orange leaves that have begun to show up on many trees around town. While beautiful, this time of year often deposits fallen leaves and branches onto streets. Rain then sweeps this debris to catch basins where it clogs storm drains by blocking the flow of rainwater into the stormwater system, causing water to pool along streets and sometimes even flooding intersections and homes. This is called ‘surface flooding.’

Here are a few simple ways you can help prevent surface flooding on your street:

Clearing Catch Basins

  • Inspect the catch basin in front of your house, particularly if the forecast calls for heavy rainfall or snow and ice.
  • If the grates are clogged with leaves or litter, use a rake or pitch fork to clear the debris.
  • Do not attempt to remove the grate--only clear the debris on top of it.

Disposing of Leaves and Debris

  • Dispose of leaves and yard debris in your yard waste container.
  • Do not rake or blow leaves from your yard into the street or leave them piled up in the road, parking area or right-of-way.

Getting Help

If you see a catch basin filled with debris below the grate, or if you are personally unable to clear a basin, notify Public Works at 253-841-5505.

The Riverfront Trail remains closed for sand and mud removal from Tuesday's wind and rain storm. As the water recedes, the trail will be cleaned and then reopened.


The City's share of the property tax levy rate is expected to decrease from $1.95 to $1.92 per thousand assessed value, starting January 1st. For more information, see page 10 of the adopted 2016 Budget.

Bring the kids down to welcome Santa on Saturday, December 5th at 5:00 for the annual Lighted Santa Parade in downtown Puyallup. Included in the festivities is the Holiday Market from noon to 7 pm in the Pioneer Park Pavilion and the lighting of the Community Tree in the park.

The city has several opportunities to become involved in your community! Apply now to fill current openings on the Parks & Recreation Board and the Civil Service Commission. Learn more and view applications on the Boards & Commissions page.

Puyallup's Parks & Recreation Division offers many opportunities for classes, programs and special events. You'll find something for every age, from toddler to teen to adult, and we've made registering fast and easy via our online recreation guide. The Fall 2015 brochure (September-December) is now available--check it out, and get ready to have fun!

Uncertified wood stoves in much of the Tacoma/Pierce County area, including Puyallup, will no longer be allowed after October 1st. Any such stove must be removed or otherwise rendered inoperable, unless the property has no other adequate source of heat and the owner has applied for and received an exemption to the rule. For more information, contact the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.

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Play to Learn in the Community

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Dec. 4th

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Dec. 5th

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Play to Learn in the Community

Dec. 8th

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Winter Music: The Tapestry Singers

Dec. 12th

Join us we welcome the Tapestry Singers back for our annual Winter Music Series.  This Read More

Annual Cookbook and Christmas Book Sale

Dec. 12th

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