Extra Firefighters Called In As Watertown Gets 3 Inches Of Rain

Extra Firefighters Called In As Watertown Gets 3 Inches Of Rain

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According to the Watertown Filtration Plant, 3.06 inches of rain fell in the city between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday.

Dozens of calls came into the city fire department asking for help pumping out water. So many, the department had to call in extra hands.

"All of our pumps are out, all of our crews are out, we've recalled personnel to try to handle as many incidences at one time as possible," said Watertown Fire Chief Dale Herman.

By 3 p.m. Monday, the fire department had responded to 20 calls to pump water from buildings.

With a list of close to 40 more calls pending, some of them backlogged for more than 2 hours.

Streets across the city were flooded out as cars splashed through.

To handle the sheer number of calls, the fire department called in 8 extra firefighters to help out.

It wasn't all hands on deck, but close; the department sent out all available pumps to help bail people out.

It's a slow process getting to each call.

The department has to prioritize which cases are most important and consider cases where they will be most helpful and, once on scene, some calls can take a significant amount of time.

"Premises that have about a foot of water, we can probably get to and spend about 40-45 minutes there and de-water it. However, there's a number of calls that are all in that same boat," said Herman.

Herman says he expected more calls to come in as people who worked during the day got home. After as long day, it could be a long evening of pumping water as well.

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