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Flooding Concerns On The Rise As The Snow Melts

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UPDATED: Tuesday February 18, 2014 7:06 PM

The street in front of your home is likely showing the effects of the melted snow and that means the potential for higher water could come Thursday when warmer temperatures and rain hit Central Ohio.

The warmer temperatures are beginning to melt the ice that once covered the Scioto River.

Central Ohio cities, like Columbus, wonder if the snow melt will overwhelm city drains and create dangerous flooding on roadways.

In the village of Obetz, storm drains were so buried in snow and ice it took a back hoe to dig them out from winter’s grip.

Crews are working as fast as they can to dig out these important catch basins, so streets won't flood.

“What we're doing today, before the temperature increase, we're going to go around to the rest of the drains we have in the village and we're going to make sure all the drains are clear so that it doesn't become
a bigger problem,” said Tim Ross, city of Obetz.

City workers are hoping the snow melt is a slow one, so storm drains won't become overwhelmed by too much water all at once.

"I'm personally not concerned because we're going to make sure these are all clear before that happens.”

Already, some Obetz streets are seeing minor flooding, because of snow storm drains blocked by snow and ice. But by attacking the problems now, the village believes it can keep flooding to a minimum.

They also encourage homeowners to do their part and alert the city about flooded streets so drains can be opened to keep your street safe for travel.

The city of Delaware has added capacity at its water plant in anticipation of storm water.

Marysville says it has barricades in place at its city parks in the event they need to close them.

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