DPW crews clear storm drains before flooding becomes a concern on Tuesday

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 2, 2015) - Department of Public Works (DPW) crews spent Monday clearing storm drains before a warm-up leading to freezing rain for Tuesday. DPW Spokesperson Scott Manning says clearing the storm drains was a top priority before Tuesday morning.

"We’re gonna have a lot of water that needs a place to go and so clearing those drains is really important to make sure that as the snow melts, as the rain comes down, that runoff has a place to go," Manning said.

He said crews were faced with a big task in making sure standing water was pushed off the roadways.

"If we have a bunch of moisture, standing water on the roadways and sidewalks, that could pool and then re-freeze as those temperatures drop," said Manning.

In addition to flood prone areas, there's also the concern for flooding downtown. Manning says that's because there's no grass or streams for the water to flow into.

“Any areas where there's a lot of concrete, a lot of asphalt, a lot of buildings, those are all surfaces that water can’t penetrate through, so downtown areas, dense neighborhoods, they tend to deal with a lot more runoff," explained Manning.

You can help keep your road from flooding by making sure storm drains are clear of any snow or debris. Manning says it's also important to clear ice from the top of the drains as well.

DPW will send out 90 crews starting at 11 p.m. Monday. They'll work until 11 a.m. Tuesday, or until all the roads are clear and safe for drivers.