Meriden city officials prepare for Mother Nature

MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Locals are cleaning storm drains so their property and streets don’t flood.

“Water sewers will be blocked up from leaves and stuff and that is one of the things I will be tackling. We have a big drainage problem with the water running off the hillside, so I have an extensive drainage system throughout my entire yard,” said Bob Luca.

Over a dozen crews in Meriden are cleaning up storm drains in spots that often flood. There are over 4,000 catch basins in Meriden. City officials are asking residents to help them clear the leaves.

“If they have a catch basin in front of their home and they see that there are leaves that are collecting over the top, if they could rake that off to the edge of their property then that water won’t pond on the street, and then they will be able to make it up and down their street,” said Director of Public Works, Bob Bass.

Bass said preparation is key.

“We don’t want the roads to flood so if we can have as much of the storm drains clean it will be a better situation for everyone,” said Bass.

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