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Rain Coming, Citizens Can Help Prevent Flooding

Clearing snow around curb drains reduce chance of flooding from rain, rising temperatures.

If you can't see the curb drain by your home, clearing it or calling Public Works will reduce the possibility of flooding.
If you can't see the curb drain by your home, clearing it or calling Public Works will reduce the possibility of flooding.

A forecast of heavy rain by the National Weather Service could increase the chance of flooding in some Highland Park neighborhoods and the City Public Works Department is working to minimize potential damage.

Citizens can do something about it as well by clearing snow covering curb drains so water can flow freely into them, according to Highland Park Public Works Director Ramesh Kanapreddy. “Clearing the curb drain will minimize street flooding,” he said.

People who are unable to clear the area themselves or know of heavy areas nearby can contact the Public Works Department and an effort will be made to remedy the situation, according to Kanapreddy. “We are clearing areas now,” he said. “If they see something they should call us.”

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Stu Pidasso January 10, 2014 at 02:20 PM
Rameesh, why not send a couple of guys out and drive up and down side streets and clear any blocked grates!!! That is what we pay taxes for!!! It is called prioritizing your work load!! OPerations is a bit different than being in an Engineering Dept. like your last job, correct?
Highlands HP'er January 10, 2014 at 03:07 PM
The article says he said "we are clearing areas now". He's probably doing exactly as you state. Keep in mind, however, highland park probably has 200-300 miles of road. A crew averaging 20mph would maybe take 10-15 hours to drive it if they never stopped. Add the 20 mins per stop to clear a drain... and you just simply couldn't find and clear *every* drain in the time span allotted.
McCloud January 10, 2014 at 03:35 PM
Should I quickly recycle? Someone told me that reduces our chance of super storms.
Krista January 10, 2014 at 05:01 PM
http://highlandpark.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/how-does-highland-park-snow-removal-compate-to-its-neighbors According to the article HP has about 150 miles of roads to keep clear.
Walter White January 10, 2014 at 05:17 PM
No, when warm air over the North Pole pushes a polar vortex into the US, we're pretty much already screwed. But thanks to the GOP for denying climate change all these years. Hopefully the next Ice Age will hold off until 2050 or so.
Gigi January 10, 2014 at 07:03 PM
I'm sure they are clearing the grates as fast as they can. They also need to salt the streets for when it freezes. Why can't everyone pitch in and clear a grate if it is in front of your house? Be a good neighbor.
Highlands HP'er January 10, 2014 at 07:21 PM
@krista I was trying to find an exact number. Ended up making a guess. Considering i guess 200-300 and it was 150 i'd say I wasn't terribly off with my estimate. Its a lot of road.
Stu Pidasso January 10, 2014 at 07:23 PM
Thanks Krista!! good info!!
Krista January 10, 2014 at 09:49 PM
Someone shared the article recently on a FB group I am in, seemed pertinent. :) If there was a grate in front of my house I would clear it off. Now that I think about it there is an odd placed drain behind and kinda next to my house in the grass that should probably be checked.

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