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Crews prep for potential flooding

How to clear off your rook to prevent flooding

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV)-- With all of this winter’s snow piled up on street banks, this week’s warm up could cause some flooding.

Green Bay Public Works Street Superintendent, Tony Fietzer, said, We do have to dig into the areas where the melts are a little more than we’ve had in the past.”

To keep area roads dry, Green Bay Public Work crews broke down ice to keep water from building up.

“Generally areas that are pooled up that maybe are not taking up water and generally those inlets although they may be clear  or frozen solid, and need to be steamed to loosen up," said Fietzer.

If you live near an inlet, Public Works recommend removing and debris so water can move freely.

But for some the ice build up isn’t a problem on the ground, it’s a problem on the roof.

Jesse Geurts, owner of Weather Tite Exteriors, said “Ice dams are caused just because a lot of heat from the house gets into the attic, melting the snow on the roof and as it comes down and hits the cold overhang, it freezes and that creates an ice damn.”

Geurts has been in the roofing business for several years.  He says the best way to remove ice is by steaming it.

"We take 290 degree steam and gently cut away the ice, getting it off the roof and allow anything above it to melt past what was causing the leak," said Geurts.

While this warm up hasn’t caused any significant problems for residents, Green Bay Public Works will be working around the clock to ensure streets are clear.

For information on Weather Tite Exteriors you can call 920-336-6162.

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