Rain causing street flooding concerns

March 13, 2019 05:13 PM

The rain, along with melting snow, is already having an impact on spring flooding.

Water has started pooling in streets, in some areas, leading to some local flooding.


Roseville has more than 4,000 catch basins and Roseville Public Works Director Marc Culver says there are roughly 100 to 150 that are in low-lying areas.

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So far, crews have cleared the snow and ice away from about 40 percent of them and Culver says they have already received plenty of calls from residents about standing water concerns.

"We're getting a lot of phone calls from people about there's standing water here, and there, on the streets and everything, but we are really prioritizing the low areas that we know could flood that could produce a level of water that would be unsafe or uncomfortable to drive through," Culver said. 

It's a time-consuming job they've been working on for the past couple weeks. But, with rain having now arrived with some warmer temperatures, other issues that need to be addressed can arise.

"We actually had one incident last night, it wasn't the catch basin but the pipe leading out of that catch basin, it was all frozen in that pipe so we had to thaw out 300 feet of pipe, and in the meantime we had water running down into somebody's garage," Culver added.

The city says while they do this every year, this winter has been a bit more complicated and they have all hands on deck.

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