Threat for flash flooding

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Updated: 7/26/2013 12:06 am Published: 7/26/2013 12:05 am

The chances of heavy rain are expected to increase after midnight and the threat for flash flooding is very real.

As FOX23 told you earlier this week, the city is advising people to keep the drains on their street clear but neighbors near Joplin Avenue and 46th Street say if there is heavy rain it'll flood regardless.
"I don't know if I can lay fault to the openings not being cleaned or not big enough storm sewers. It's just the nature of the topography here," said Bennett Cole, as he talked about the street flooding near his home.

FOX23 found several drains with leaves, sticks and grass blocking the opening.

"Even if they're clean, the storm sewers are just not big enough to handle the amount of water that comes through here," Cole told FOX23's Dontaye Carter.

Cole has lived here since 1974 and has seen it flood nearly a dozen times.

"It will get to where cars can't pass through it. It's deep enough they can't get through it," he said. "The neighborhood knows it's going to flood."

Cole said they're prepared to take alternate routes to leave the neighborhood. He said the area never stays flooded long and keeping these drains clear can help to keep it that way.

"I would encourage them to keep their drains open because that's going to allow it to work better than if they had a dirty drain," Cole said.

He said as soon as the rain stops the water tends to go down within 30 minutes.

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Mayor Maynot - 7/26/2013 12:26 AM
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It's fixin ta rain like a cow pissing on a flat rock.
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