WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) -- The City of Waterloo is asking that residents clear snow from storm drains to prevent flooding.
As temperatures are warming, snow is melting and can cover storm drains, which can cause flooding, ponding, and icy roads. If the drains are cleared, water can enter the storm drain system, rather than remaining on roads.
The City said in a Facebook post there are over 14,000 drains in Waterloo, and they need help to clear them. This issue is especially important with the large amount of snow that eastern Iowa got this winter, and with above-average river flooding expected this spring.
Waverly Public Services Superintendent Brian Sullivan, and his crew are also dealing with Mother Nature.
"With the warmer temperatures coming we wanted to get the most off the streets as possible. The sunshine and warm temperatures would help us with some of the work to get the roads cleaned," Sullivan said.
Sullivan says his crews have made snow removal a priority. The removing of snow into the storm drains prevents the forming of potholes.
"There is probably a few that are getting started and we are also the crew that will patch the potholes. We get on them so they don't get any bigger than what they are now," Sullivan said.