RIVERSIDE (CBS/AP) — It’s a dirty job and if you live in Riverside, you get 4,800 chances to do it.

That’s how many storm drains there are in the city and officials are asking residents to help keep them clear and prevent flooding during El Nino rains this winter.

“City crews clear storm drains all year long, but we have really stepped up our efforts to get ready for the heavy rainfall we are seeing from the El Nino weather system,” Public Works Director Kris Martinez said in a statement. “The Adopt-a-Drain program is a way that people who live or work near one of more than 4,800 storm drains in Riverside can help us keep that drain clear.”

The city has created a website where residents can choose a drain, sign up and sign a liability release. Adopt-a-Drain kits including a vest, gloves and rake are available.

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