City asks for help with leaf, drain, sidewalk, branch upkeep

The City of Hood River issues autumnal reminders regarding tree leaves, drains, and branches:

Property owners are legally responsible for keeping sidewalks in a safe condition. Leaves must be removed from sidewalks, but cannot be raked into gutters. They can plug the storm drains and cause flooding.

Property owners with catch basins by their property are asked to help keep them clear of leaves and debris.

This will help keep all the water draining and keep it from flooding the streets. This is the time of year that is best to trim your trees along the public right-of-way. Residents are asked to trim their trees in the public right-of-way and pile the branches by the tree (not in the street). Call City Public Works at 541-387-5201 by Dec. 2 with your address to arrange for pick-up of the branches. To ensure public safety, all trees planted within or extending into the public right-of-way must be trimmed to a height of not less than 9 feet above the sidewalk and not less than 14 feet above the street, curb or alley.

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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive

The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge



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