Elmira/Corning Regional Airport

Clearing Clogged Drains

Written By: Joe Melillo

Heavy rains and high-speed winds are heading for the Twin Tiers and county leaders are asking people to do one simple chore to help the city of Elmira avoid possible flooding tomorrow

Clearing Clogged Drains
 

September 17, 2012

Elmira (WENY) - Heavy rains and high-speed winds are heading for the Twin Tiers and county leaders are asking people to do one simple chore to help the city of Elmira avoid possible flooding tomorrow. The National Weather Service in Binghamton says there is a possibility of urban flooding tomorrow, so Chemung County leaders are warning neighbors in Elmira to do their part. It's pretty easy and all you need is a rake. Chemung County Emergency Management Director Mike Smith says clearing storm drains of fallen leaves and debris from the tornado in July could help keep drivers safe.

“The issue is because of the tornado and the amount of debris that got scattered all over the streets in the town and all over the city is that a lot of storm drains are plugged up,” says Smith.

If you are walking down the street and you see a storm drain that looks like this, don't be surprised if there is some flooding on your street. It's really easy to clean up all you need is a rake.

“If people have a moment it would be very helpful if people could take a rake and go out and rake that stuff away from the storm drain and up into their yards because it doesn’t do any good to rake it into the street or up the street because it will wash right in and that should help a great deal with any ponding we might have.”

Ponding can be very dangerous and cause serious accidents. Water that ponds on the side of the road because of minor flooding can lead to cars hydroplaning and could cause accidents.

“This is mainly going to be a beneficial rain for us he in the twin tiers. Problem is when we get some thunderstorms that come through we will get some quick heavy bursts of rain in some spots and that can lead to some urban and poor drainage flooding issues,” says WENY -TV Chief Metorologist Joe Veres.

“Obviously we got kids walking to school and we don't want them wading that’s not appropriate if we get the water off its much easier for them,” says Smith.

With the rains coming tomorrow, flooding might not be the only problem, as power outages could be possible.