Volunteers are helping San Francisco prepare for the next storm through the Adopt-A-Drain program
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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — San Francisco continues to clean up and is now bracing for another storm. It was all a bit of a challenge, but city volunteers volunteered to answer a call for help.
Here’s the problem. Clearing all of those gullies — 25,000 in all — has always been a challenge for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. That’s why they’ve relied on volunteers as part of the Adopt-A-Drain program.
“We have 2,500 volunteers who have already volunteered to take on about 3,800 of these different drains,” outlined Dennis Herrera, head of the SFPUC.
This agency wants more residents to get online to take the plunge and commit to taking on one of these drains.
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“We have David Lang here, our community partner, who has himself taken eight drains that he takes responsibility for,” Herrera said during a news conference earlier in the week.
We spoke to Lang and asked him why he’s volunteering?
“With so many outflows, that’s the least we can do. When you walk the streets, can’t you pick up rubbish? You can’t always wait for someone else to do it,” Lang said.
He ensures that a specific drain is clear and clear to allow neighborhood students to cross the intersection.
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He has a name for the most troublesome drain he’s adopted.
“I call it MoFo,” he said, laughing while explaining why it’s so annoying.
“The silt you can’t see is coming from construction sites going down the drain, it could be clay from natural soil and it’s hardening,” he said.
He showed us a long stick that he used to clean the drains.
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“I use a long stick and it’s like a pogo stick. It helps to clean and dip it,” he told us.
The SFPUC wants more people to volunteer.
We asked the owner of a neighborhood restaurant to make the commitment.
Tim Hayman had never heard of the program but told us he was already clearing the gully on the corner.
For residents and businesses still vulnerable to flooding, the Public Works Department has announced it has received more sandbags. 13,000 have been issued so far.
“Also we are now preparing our staffing plan for the weekend and next week because we expect more rain. So we will have extended teams on hand last week and all week, this Wednesday and next week.” said Rachel Gordon, spokeswoman for the Department of Public Works.
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