Normally in winter we have to worry about freezing temperatures and snow. But overnight we saw warm temperatures, bringing slush and rain. And now city crews are working hard to get all that water down the drain.
On Green Bay’s west side Jared Dequaine is busy uncovering street drain inlets, as warmer temperatures and rain cause the snow that fell over New Year’s Eve – to quickly melt away.
“We’re just trying to open up as many inlets as we can to prevent flooding,” said Dequaine.
The drains were covered by snow removal operations soon after that storm and normally is not a problem in a normal winter. But Public Works Director Steve Grenier says normal doesn’t apply to this winter.
“If there is one constant that we’ve seen, it’s odd weather,” said Grenier. “What we need to do is make sure anything currently falling or that fell overnight that is melting, we’ve got to be able to have a spot for that water to go.”
But there are over 13,000 inlets in the sewer system and before the temperature drops below freezing again, it’s highly unlikely city crews can uncover them all. So Grenier is making a request of property owners to help prevent street flooding.
“If folks can adopt the inlet adjacent to their property and help keep that clear, then the water has someplace to go when we have warmer temperatures,” said Grenier.
Holly Neuser adopted the drain outside her house 37 years ago.
“Keeping that clear, I find it very important. Like I said many accidents have happened,” Neuser said.
“We’d like this to become second nature to everybody,” Grenier said.
A much-needed helping hand for the city as they battle a winter thaw.