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DALLAS( CBSDFW.COM) – With occasional heavy rain expected in North Texas through the weekend, crews from cities across the area spent the day making sure they’re ready.
In Dallas, Streets Services employees made sure storm drains are cleared of debris.
They swept out tree branches, leaves, and trash. When the drains get clogged, that causes street flooding.
Raul Sanchez, whose lived along W. Sixth Street near Zang Blvd in Oak Cliff for six years says he’s seen storm drains get filled with debris, and cause the water to rise in his driveway.
Sanchez says, “If you’re in a hurry, and you know how usually when cars get a lot of water in them, they’ll turn off. So you got to take it slow because the water does get pretty high. Usually, it’s all under water here these drains aren’t draining the way they’re supposed to.”
The city says most of this work has already been done, but crews still respond when residents call. The interim assistant director of Dallas Streets Services, Raymond Lee, says four teams checked low-lying areas Thursday.
“Normally, when we know we’re about to have a storm come in, we try to look at all of our low points. We have a map that designates all the low points in the city of Dallas that have a tendency to flood if we get a lot of rain flow in.”
The cities of Grand Prairie, Coppell, and Carrollton says they also previously cleared out their drainage areas.
Crews spent the day making sure their equipment is working properly and ready for any problems that may appear because of the rain.
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