The City of Eau Claire were working on clearing as many storm inlets on the primary and secondary routes in the city during the course of the week, which started on March 11.
With more than 9,000 storm drains covered by snow around the city of Eau Claire, water could be collecting on roads when snow melts as spring weather sets in.
Officials said you can clear them yourself with a snow blower and shovel within about an hour or less depending on how high snow is piled up.
The city is looking for some help clearing drains not on the main routes, during the days leading into spring.
“In the residential areas we are asking people to perhaps adopt their storm inlets similar to how we are asking people to adopt their fire hydrants in the winter time. We are going from winter to spring really quickly. Unfortunately, usually we have time to do this, usually it is several weeks,” said Jeff Pippenger, Eau Claire Community Services Director.
Officials have cautioned that when people are clearing storm drains, to do it as safely as possible.
If community members have any concerns about their safety, they should call the city and they will come out and clear the drains.
There is a mapping system on the city’s website to help you locate storm inlets near your home.