St. Charles crews working to clear storm drains, flooding a major concern

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on January 10, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 16 at 11:10 AM

(KMOV.com) – The build-up of snow and ice is creating problems all around the St. Louis area.

Street crews in St. Charles will be work into the night to clear out drains in an attempt to prevent massive flooding.

On Main Street in old St. Charles, some business owners have already been out with shovels clearing away snow and ice.

Two-man crews from the St. Charles Street Division have been out with shovels in hand trying to push away the snow and chip away at dams of ice blocking the storm drains. 

It’s not just areas that are prone to flooding that they’re concerned about.

“Stuff like this, when you have this much snow, it can cause problems for just about anybody,” said Robert Hicks with the St. Charles Streets Division. “We’re trying to do as much as we can by hand. If some areas are bad we might use equipment or a pick-up truck with a plow.”

The melting snow is bad enough, but the rain fell for hours Friday which can cause water to quickly back up.  

Some drains are still clogged with dead leaves and sticks on top of snowfall.

Crews have to work around cars and trucks parked on the streets blocking access to many of the storm drains as well.

“We’re getting calls from people that are concerned,” Hicks said. “Haven’t had any emergencies at this time, but yes we’ve had quite a few concerned calls.”

 

Additional crews came on the clock at 3 p.m. Friday and will continue clearing the drains until their shifts end at 11 p.m. Friday night. 

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