Wet and windy weather challenges leaf collection crews

The wet and windy weather is making it difficult for crews to collect leaves this year.

The city began collecting leaves on Monday and will continue for the next three weeks.

"When it comes to piling up leaves, there's a right way to do it and a wrong way and a lot of people do it the wrong way," Public Service Superintendent Ray Ferrell told News Center 7's Gabrielle Enright.

“If you put them in the street and then it rains, they clog up the catch basins and cause flooding so it’s best to put them on the curb right by the street,” he said.

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Ferrell also said if the weather does get cold, leaf collection often takes a backseat.

“Most likely we’ll be plowing leaves and then trying to find them when the snow melts.”

After collection, Xenia takes all the leaves and donates them to two local farms and a church who turn them into mulch.

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