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South Bend Street Department gears up for flooding

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In the midst of the current melt-down, the South Bend Streets Department has a warning - clear the catch basins near your home, otherwise you'll have another problem on your hands!

Alfred Choitz says the day he doesn't have to shovel anymore this year... he's going to applaud. He compares this winter to the blizzard of 1978, and he definitely remembers what happened to all the snow back then.

He says, "My house is on two levels. It came 6 inches from my lower door. Luckily it didn't get inside." Yup! He's talking about all the snow that melted decades ago once the temps were warm enough. Choitz says, "I had bags of sand, but I got rid of them." That's because Choitz hasn't seen a snow storm like that 1978 blizzard since. But he might have to go pick up some sand bags... with the amounts of snow melting underway now.

Manager John Pemberton Jr. with the South Bend Street Department says, "We've been through this before so we just have to stay on top of it." Crews are working hard to curb flooding. "The hotter spots for flooding are different in the winter than they are in the summer believe it or not just because of drainage issues," says Pemberton, and those drainage issues go hand in hand with the residents that live near sewer drains.

The Department of Public Works is asking residents to shovel out sewer drains so that when the snow melts, it has somewhere to go, and if you don't clear your drain... crews will be out to make sure they do get cleared... plowing all the way to the curb line. "Be prepared to have your driveway plugged again," says Pemberton. "I know it's probably going to be an ice block. What we're doing is for safety issues with the flooding, so we will be very aggressive with the cleaning of the catch basins and the curb lines."

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