What happens to all of those leaves?

By WEEK Producer

November 15, 2013 Updated Nov 15, 2013 at 11:57 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- They're everywhere and they're piling up.

Leaves are packing curbs and clogging up sewers.

Crews use giant sweepers to do the job and expect to clear most of the leaves before winter weather sets in.

According to Peoria's manager of streets and sewers all those leaves can turn into a safety hazard for drivers.

"It does cause a problem when we have standing water on the pavement, especially in the winter when we have re-freeze conditions," explained David Haste. "We have a lot of melting snow during the day and freezing at night. a lot of that is because of the tops on the inlets and the drains that are plugged."

Haste says the sweepers cover 960 curb lane miles each time they sweep the city. moving at a speed of between three and five miles per hour.

The leaves collected by city sweepers are loaded into trucks and delivered to a landfill.