Indiana DHS asks residents to clear snow from storm drains

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has asked that all residents clear snow from nearby storm drains in order to prevent street flooding.

"Residents can help prevent street flooding by making sure storm drains are not blocked by snow or debris," the Indiana DHS said Friday in a statement.

DHS also asked that drivers never attempt to cross a flooded road even if it seems shallow because water can conceal dips.

"Or worse, flood waters can damage roadways, washing away the entire road surface and a significant amount of ground," the statement said.

Area plumbers and disaster restoration companies have received hundreds of calls for burst pipes in the last week, and now rain add to the threat of flooding.

"The first hit was the actual cold temperatures, the second hit was that thawing process we talked about and the third hit was that extra moisture and rain on the ground," said Al Scott of First Response South Bend.

Scott had some tips for keep homes safe and dry during this period of possible flooding.

1.) Check your down spouts. Make sure they are free from blockages like ice and icicles so that water can get into those gutters.

2.) Make sure there's path to divert water away from your home's entry ways. If the water doesn't have a path to follow, it will gravitate towards those entrances.

3.) Dig a buffer between the sides of your home and the wall of melting snow. Just a foot or two of distance from the house could mean serious protection from unwanted run off and rain water.

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