Melting snow presents flood risks

Residents asked to clean out storm drains

INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis officials struggled to keep this week's historic snowfall under control, and now they say dealing with its melted aftermath may be just as troublesome.

As plow teams cleared off roads this week, mini-mountains of snow were created along street curbs, often covering storm drains. When the snow melts, officials say it may not have anywhere to go.

"Our biggest concern right now is that we're going to have a lot of localized street flooding," said DPW's Stephanie Wilson.

State and city crews were focusing efforts Thursday on clearing out storm drains so that water will have somewhere to flow. They've also stockpiled sandbags that can be deployed in problem areas.

"We wanted to be ready for every scenario," Wilson said. "We have plenty of sandbags on hand if something should happen."

Wilson said residents can help by digging out drains in their neighborhood. If drains remain covered, melted snow can refreeze and create a miniature pond of ice.

A full call-out of drivers was scheduled to remain on the streets until 11 p.m. Friday, after which DPW said it would re-evaluate the need.

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