driveway storm drain getting clogged with dirt

I have a down-sloped driveway with a storm drain at the lowest point, leading out through PVC pipe buried under the soil to an even lower point in the yard. The drain basin (about 1' square and maybe 1.5' deep) has the PVC pipe entering the basin at about .5' from the top. The part of the basin below the pipe entry is filled with dirt, from runoff from the driveway sides - used to be grass there, but last year I decided to get lazy and not rake the leaves there :-( so now the soil just runs into the drain in a heavy rain. The PVC pipe is still dirt-free, but it seems that after a few more heavy rains the dirt will fill that pipe too. The draining is noticeably slower now than it used to be, and thus a big puddle forms over the drain after a heavy rain.
Any ideas on how to clear the dirt from the drain basin?
Some ideas I've had:
1. Dig up and pull back the whole PVC pipe (about 20') to get access to the point where it enters the drain basin, and scoop out the dirt in the drain basin. Or maybe I need just to dig up and pull out the last section of pipe (but I assume the pipe sections are tightly fitted together so maybe I need to pull out the whole pipe to avoid cracking the pipe)?
2. Put a pressure washer or air gun into one of the holes in the drain cover to blow the dirt up through the other holes in the drain cover, with a big fan to blow the flying dirt sideways onto the driveway (admittedly, quite a messy solution).
3. Hire someone with a jackhammer/pickaxe to dig up the drain cover and clear out the basin that way (most $$$ option). BTW, do they make covers with hinges so if I do replace the drain cover, in the future I can just lift the cover and dig out the dirt on a regular basis to avoid this clogging?
As stopgap measures until I can clear the drain, I've considered:
1. Landscape edging along the driveway, to block the soil - but any soil on the driveway side of the edging would wash away, so it'd be hard to keep anchored.
2. Add window screen mesh over the existing drain cover and secure with Quikrete, to prevent further dirt accumulation in the drain basin. Of course, the draining would be even slower but at least I'd avoid adding dirt to the basin.
Hopefully this weekend I'll get around to planting new grass seed next to the driveway....
Any suggestions/experiences welcome.
Thanks much.
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snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com (Rachel Smith) wrote in message

Hello,
We have a similar driveway/drain situation with our 50-year old home. We've had several contractors with varying opinions, but most seem to agree that the best solution is a pretty significant (and costly) demo of the area, and varying forms of mitigation after that point (our drain is significantly below street level).
However, we have had extremely good luck with our shop vac. We have one of the extra heavy-duty "contractor" ones, and using a hose to keep the clog in a "loose slurry" sort of form, we get a pretty good clean out that way, which tends to keep the drain functioning nicely for a full year (and sometimes two).
Not exactly a repair, but certainly a less-expensive stop-gap!
Relaena
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