Melting snow and clogged drains pose danger for drivers

Many are cheering on the rapid melting without considering the consequences

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Saturday morning’s rain is melting a lot of the snow that’s left over from February storms.

Many of us are cheering on the melting after the winter we just dealt with.

Keep in mind, though, that if everything melts too quickly, Department of Public Works crews could be dealing with a lot of street flooding. To prevent road floods, DPW crews have been going around and poking holes into catch basins to keep them as open as possible.

Zuray May of Springfield told 22News she’s not too concerned about flooding.
“It’s been draining pretty well; the water has been going down so I’m not concerned. There are still a whole bunch of potholes and snow everywhere; it’ll probably be a concern later on.”

Storm drains are located near the curb to prevent large puddles from forming in the road on rainy days.

However, as you can see from the video, catch basin grates can get clogged with trash and debris, even ice and snow. If they’re clogged, water that doesn’t go down will stay on top of the road.

We’re not just talking about small puddles here. Deep puddles in the road form, which can create big problems for drivers.

Nate Wheeler, a Chicopee resident, told 22News he’s not worried about storm drains. He’s thinking about pothole puddles this time of year.

“For as far as the rain is concerned, you can’t see the new potholes that you are not used to seeing, like you can avoid the ones that you usually see. I’ve already had my fair share of pothole drama.”

Potholes are usually lurking underneath puddles, which is something to keep in mind if you’re driving this morning.

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