Road commission concerned about flooding

7:05 PM, Jan 9, 2014   |    comments
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Kent Co. Road Commission

GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Kent County Road Commission is getting a break from the snow, but it's already preparing for the next weather event.

"One hazard at a time and right now we're worried about the rain," says Jerry Byrne with the Kent County Road Commission.

Byrne and his crews were going through area neighborhoods Thursday afternoon, pushing the snow to the edge of the road. "That's where the water has to run when it comes down the road when it starts melting."

The piles of snow narrow the road and cover up the drains. "So, that's what we're looking for," Byrne said, pointing to a totally cleared drain, "Without that, if we get rain, they'll be six to eight inches of water in the road."

Byrne says they will get to as many roads as possible over the next 24 hours, but homeowners can help by clearing off their drains. "If they know where they're at, if they can come out and shovel it and open it up, that would be great. That way, water can get through and it will prevent flooding for them and it helps us out greatly."

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