Fall has arrived and the leaves are falling. The City reminds the community that it is the property owner’s responsibility to keep sidewalks adjoining private property in safe condition. If there are leaves on the sidewalks, please remove them. Owners are liable for damages and injuries resulting from unsafe sidewalks adjacent to their property. For more details on owner responsibility, please see Hood River Municipal Code: HRMC 13.20.
When removing leaves, the leaves should not be raked or blown onto the sidewalk, gutter, or streets as they can plug storm drains and cause flooding (a violation of the Hood River Municipal Code). If there are catch basins near your property, please help keep them clear of leaves and debris to keep water draining and streets from flooding.
The City is no longer offering a free leaf drop-off program; however, residents may utilize their yard waste and compost roll-bin provided by Hood River Garbage for weekly pick up. Hood River Garbage also offers a yard waste drop-off at a discounted rate on Wednesdays, where residents may drop off leaves for $5 a load. Please make sure all garbage cans are placed in a safe place off the street to allow access for street sweepers. The City Public Works department appreciates the community’s help keeping Hood River clean and safe.