Fox Valley Crews Clear Storm Drains Ahead of Wintry Mix - WBAY

Fox Valley Crews Clear Storm Drains Ahead of Wintry Mix

Fox Valley -

With that winter storm on the way, street crews across northeast Wisconsin wasted no time Wednesday clearing storm drains ahead of the heavy rain and snow in the forecast.

Even though temperatures finally warmed enough to melt some of the snow and ice blocking storm drains, street crews in the Fox Valley worked to speed that process up, especially after Wednesday's thaw left large puddles on busy highways and streets.

"The streets will have some puddling and flooding, if the storm water catch basins aren't able to accept the rain water," Jeff Harding, Neenah Public Works Assistant Supervisor, said.

To prevent standing water from getting any worse, workers in the City of Neenah used tractors, shovels and even metal detectors to find those storm drains buried beneath the snow.

While, crews focused on the main roads, they say many times they had to dig through thick ice to clear the storm drains.

"From all the small storms that we had with small snowfalls, we'd get hard-packed and we did a lot more salting and plowing at that time, and so the snow would sit and then freeze from all the salting..And, the water on the main road would collect and it would freeze over the top of catch basin," Christopher Klinke, a Neenah Public Works Street Sanitation worker, said.

With thousands of storm drains through the City of Neenah, street crews won't be able to clear all of the storm drains.

But they do hope their efforts today reduce the chances for any additional street flooding.

Crews aren't expecting excess water to cause major flooding in the streets.

And, they don't think it will create problems in people's basements.

Although, they have one request for residents:

"If they know of a storm sewer that's in front of their house, that would be a huge help if they would spend a little time opening and chiseling the ice," Harding, said.


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