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Help available to clean stormdrains


Gresham, Troutdale, Wood Village and Fairview are teaming up to offer private stormdrain cleaning to businesses at a reduced cost in order to prevent flooding when the rainy season sets in.

The Stormdrain Cleaning Assistance Program, also called SCAP, takes place in October before the heavy rain season begins, said Keri Handaly, who coordinates the program for Gresham.

“This program is particularly cost effective for businesses with only one or two drains,” Handaly said. “By avoiding the typical single visit fee, businesses can save over $100. In addition to the cost savings, removing dirt, oil and debris from drains is an excellent way to help improve water quality in local streams.”

Maintaining private storm drains can prevent parking lot flooding, which causes driving hazards on nearby streets as well as serve as a nuisance for customers, she said.

Although the city’s public works crews clean stormdrains on public streets, property owners are responsible for cleaning privately owned stormdrains to prevent dirt and leaves that carry pollution from entering the public stormwater systems.

Businesses that sign up for the program pay $44 per stormdrain, which is cleaned by a private company.

Companies usually charge $120 or more to clean one drain and charge extra for additional drains.

To participate in the program, call Keri Handaly at 503-618-2657 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Oct. 14.