Orange Public Works crews prevent flooding, clear storm drains

ORANGE, Conn. (WTNH) — Public works crews in Orange spent Tuesday clearing storm drains. Don Foyer is the Crew Chief at Public Works for the Town of Orange.

“There are over four thousand basins in the town of Orange,” said Foyer.

storm1 Orange Public Works crews prevent flooding, clear storm drainsWorkers have their work cut out for them. They started tackling the leaves before the rainfall.

“Most of the time just come out with a rake. Just brush off the top, push the leaves off to the side and let the water run into the basin,” said Foyer.

When leaves aren’t picked up they can create a safety issue in your neighborhood. If the leaf litter clogs up the sewer drain you can get ponding.

“We were cleaning the side of the road as you can see because that’s where the water is running down into the catch basin and all of the leaves were in the gutter in the road,” said Ken Ciola.storm3 Orange Public Works crews prevent flooding, clear storm drains

When the water builds up it can lead to flooding.

Public Works crews in Orange are asking residents to rake up leaves or at least get the debris off the sides of the roads.

“If you live below road level you have a chance of being flooded out. Because if that basin is plugged up and not working the water is going to go somewhere,” said Foyer.

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