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Weather Related Alert: Clear Storm Drains

For Immediate Release: 1/11/2018 4:08 pm

Heavy rain and above freezing temperatures are in the forecast this week, resulting in runoff and snow melt in roadways.

Where possible and safe to do so, city residents are asked to clear snow and ice away from catch basins or storm drains in front of their property to help minimize potential street flooding. Clearing snow from catch basins will help improve street drainage and reduce localized flooding associated damage.

Sewer and water operations teams from the Department of Public Works & Parks are removing snow from catch basins in low lying areas as well as monitoring the levels of brooks, streams and inlets at critical points within the drainage system.

"It's important that we keep catch basins and storm drains clear over the next few days in order to minimize flooding and keep our streets safe," said City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. "Having the public assist us in this effort wherever possible is greatly appreciated."

Motorists and pedestrians are also urged to use caution when traveling and avoid traversing through any areas of significant standing water which may develop.

For questions or to report a problem, please call the DPW&P Customer Service Center at 508-929-1300.

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