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Can you 'be-leaf' it's already fall?

Fall officially arrived on Monday. While temperatures are still fluctuating, the leaves at Lake Sacajawea in Longview are beginning to change color and others carpet the ground. With the month's end around the corner, Washington's fall foliage will gradually intensify and reach its peak mid-October, according to SmokyMountains.com's country-wide fall color prediction map.

The city of Longview last week began picking up leaves from city-maintained trees that residents placed in the street.

The city’s Stormwater Division will use shovels, dump trucks and street sweepers to clear leaves from October until January, according to a press release.

“It is important that we remove fallen leaves from these areas so that vehicles and pedestrian traffic can move safely throughout the city, and to minimize flooding due to clogged catch basins,” Stormwater Supervisor Mike Ward said in the release.

Ward reminded residents not to place branches or sticks in leaf piles because they could damage the street sweeper. He also said to place leaves in rows about one foot from the curb for easy pickup.

In the release, he also asked residents to be patient, as the leaf pickup occurs on a schedule.

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