In preparation for winter, Oakland’s Public Works Agency is urging citizens to prepare their property for the rainy season.

The agency has been busy removing debris from storm drains, and it wants home and business owners to check and clean private drainage systems and clean up leaves, yard debris and lawn clippings.

Beginning this week, residents can pick up a maximum of 20 sandbags and 25 feet of plastic sheeting per household or business to prepare for flooding.

The materials are available from the city’s municipal service center at 7101 Edgewater Dr. and the drainage maintenance satellite office at 5921 Shepherd Canyon Rd. Proof of Oakland residency is required.

Oakland fire stations will also distribute up to five sandbags to Oakland residents for pick up at the station.

Report flooding problems at 615-5566.

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