Residents Can Help Ease Poor Drainage Problems

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) City officials tell the I-Team today’s problems were really caused by two factors. Too much rain in a very short period of time. And catch basins that are blocked. Tonight, a plea to the public for help…

These images are becoming all too common in Wilkes-Barre. Streets flooded. Vehicles either stranded or unable to make it through the area, nearby homes flooded and it happens almost every time heavy rains hit the city.

 Blackman Street flooded back in July people who live here say they are sick and tired of it

 “Really bad all the street got water right there. Everything you couldn’t even walk.” Said Angela Mejia.  She said the water flows like a river.

  “This was probably the worst I’ve seen all summer long”  Said Butch Frati the director of Operations for the city.  

 “We have a lot of low lying areas and 3,500 catch basins in the city. We spend hundreds of thousands of dollars every year keeping them clean. However, if it rains like this it doesn’t take very much for those to be overwhelmed so there’s street flooding” added Frati.

Frati says the public can help make a difference  “If a resident is outside and you’re capable of doing this, you have a catch basin in front of your house you can help us keeping it clean, it helps everybody”

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