South Bend We have all been looking forward to the warmer temperatures, but that warmer weather could mean flooding in some areas. With the amount of snow and ice Michiana has seen this winter several catch basins are clogged.
A catch basin is an opening to the storm drain system that typically includes a grate or curb inlet at street level where storm water enters.
That’s why South Bend crews are working throughout the day to help clear the more than 10,000 catch basins throughout the city.
For those basins too clogged for residents to handle, crews will use high pressure water to create a path to the drain. Once there's a small opening, the running water will have a place to go and run off.
As crews go through their routes they are asking residents to do their part as well. All you have to do is go out with a shovel and clear the snow and ice off of the drain.
If you don’t, you could see massive flooding in your area.
“Without that pathway we do have the potential for flooding. Obviously, we don’t want to create situations that are dangerous to the public or dangerous for pedestrians,” says Deputy Director of Public Works Kara Boyles.
If you are driving and come in contact with a flooded area the best thing you can do is slow down and call 311.
“When a driver comes along in an area or an intersection that has flooding, do your best to maybe asses the depth of the water and then drive very slowly through the area. If it is a flooded area then call 311 and we would get a crew there to take care of the situation,” adds Boyles.
To report a clogged catch basin, you can call 311 Monday through Friday, 7:30am-5:30pm. Please provide the nearest physical address.