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Manteca starts leaf collection Dec. 2

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Shoppers leaving the West Yosemite Avenue SaveMart were caught Wednesday in a sudden downpour.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED November 21, 2013 1:38 a.m.

Flooded intersections and runoff covering sidewalks usually aren’t something people want to see.

But with Wednesday’s storm bringing the first significant rainfall in months as California faces the prospect of a third straight dry year no one seemed to complain.

The storm dumped .67 inches of rain based on readings at the Manteca Civic Center weather station.

The rain fell at the same time the Department of Water Resources released their initial projection on Wednesday for 2014 deliveries from the State Water Project. Based on current conditions, contractors will receive only 5 percent of their regular allocation or 208,000 acre feet for standing requests for 4.1 million acre feet of water.

Unlike much of the rest of California, the South San Joaquin Irrigation District expects to make full water deliveries in 2014 even if there is a third straight dry year and a drought is declared. That’s due to the district not only securing water rights on the Stanislaus River watershed more than 100 years ago but also having developed a series of dams with Oakdale Irrigation District to secure the water.

The SSJID provides water to 72,000 acres of farmland plus the cities of Manteca, Lathrop and Tracy.

To help alleviate neighborhood flooding from future stores, the City of Manteca will begin its annual leaf collection program on Monday, De, 2. The program will continue through mid-January. The city’s street sweepers will be collecting the leaves on regular street sweeping days, which occur every other week in residential areas.  Residents can determine which day their area is swept by accessing the map located on the city web page at:

Leaves need to be placed in loose piles in the street. Leaves should be at least one foot out from the gutter. Leaves bagged in plastic will not be picked up.

Residents with smaller quantities of leaves are encouraged to place the leaves in their yard waste (green) Toter for collection.

All other garden trimmings such as grass clippings and tree prunings are not included in the leaf collection program. Place these items in the yard waste collection bin (green Toter) or compost them in your backyard.

Anyone with questions should contact Facilities Maintenance Superintendent Dave Frank at (209) 456-8476 or by using the “Contact Us” button on the top of the City’s home page ( and selecting the “Other (Streets)” topic.

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