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City asks for help in keeping storm drains clean

By Jim Hagerty

ROCKFORD – City officials are asking the public for help to keep Rockford’s  storm drains clean.

“We have more than 20,000 inlets located throughout the City of Rockford,” the city posted on its social media Thursday. “Although unassuming, these structures help convey stormwater from one of 16 watersheds to its ultimate destination – an outfall into the Rock River.”

The city says crews are currently currently busy completing spring residential street sweeping, are asking residents to make sure inlets are clear of debris or anything that may be obstructing the flow of water.

“Keeping the curb line, inlets and streets free of any grass clippings and leaves helps stormwater drain effectively,” the post said.

Residents who may be worried about leaving their homes during the stay-at-home order are reminded that being outdoors is acceptable. Walks, bike rides, trips to the store and other places for essentials is allowed. Yard work falls under this category as well.

“You can go outside, especially your own property, for a bit,” the city said via Facebook. “We’re encouraging you not to congregate with neighbors or friends while outside. Limit contact with others as much as possible.”

Anyone with concerns about the stormwater inlets, please call the Street Department at 779-348-7260 or go to the City of Rockford website to report any issues at

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