Finding Elusive Storm Drains

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We've had a radical departure in the weather this week with temperatures actually touching 40 degrees. 

But that is creating a tricky situation for Watertown's Department of Public Works crews.  

They have to shovel away snow and plow through snow banks to try to find the catch basins.

Uncovering the drains will help prevent flooding which is expected Thursday night and Friday.

"If we start getting a really bad thaw, basements can start flooding and things of that nature. Streets could start flooding and then we'll have traffic issues," said Andy Fredenburg, light equipment operator.

In some cases, the catch basins were so buried, it took a number of passes with a front end loader until the grates were revealed. 

There are hundreds of hidden catch basins.

Crews are starting at the most troublesome places, like at the bottom of hills.

They're also responding to calls from residents worried about flooding.
 

Friday, October 24, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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