Street flooding a concern where storm drains blocked with snow

MANHEIM, Pa. (WHTM) – Crews all over the Midstate are paying extra attention to the chance of street flooding with predicted rain in the forecast.

Barry Weidman, director of the Public Works Department in Manheim, said they have been paying extra attention to clearing storm drains.

Historically, Manheim has had issues with street flooding, especially on Mill Street where the storm drains were already clear when ABC 27 News showed up on Tuesday morning.

Charlene Suter, who lives on Mill Street, said she appreciated that crews had cleared the drains on her street.

ABC 27 News also found crews clearing storm drains along Hamaker Road.

“We need to keep the water moving out of this town and keep the water levels in town as low as we can to prevent flooding,” Weidman said.

Weidman said flooding is a concern because snow is still piled on streets and the chance of rain and mild temperatures in the forecast.

“Our focus is to get the water to the storm drains as quickly as possible and get it out,” he said.

Weidman said creeks in the borough were at an okay level, but added that one or two inches of rain would be a problem.

“We can’t prevent flooding if there is too much water everywhere,” he said. “We can, with proper efforts, minimize the flooding and the damage.”

Weidman said if flooding is an issue in Manheim, it would only be an issue later in the day on Wednesday.

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