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Missoula Crews Work To Stop Flooding On Roads

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The rising water is making it difficult for Missoulians to walk on the sidewalks and drivers to navigate the roadways.

Just about every street you drive on, or any sidewalk you walk down, you're bound to run into at least a few puddles. Missoula city officials said that they're trying to get a handle on the problem sooner rather than later.

"We've gone from major snow plowing and trying to de-ice ,so now we're dealing with run off from snow," City of Missoula Chief Administrative Officer, Bruce Bender.

As city crews work to clear water out of the streets, concerned residents are heading to hardware stores, like Montana Ace, to prepare for flooding.

"It has been extremely busy with traction, sand, ice melt, snow blowers. This weather is really putting a damper on everybody," said Montana Ace floor manager, Brent Ross.

Ace shopper Gunda Vandermars, who is from northern Sweden, said she's never seen anything like the flooding on Missoula roads.

"I'm used to snow, but I've never seen anything like this," Vandermars said.

Another shopper Wilbur Megaard said he's less worried about the flooding itself, and more worried about the ice it will create.

"I'm afraid it's going to be a lot icier than what we can handle at home," Megaard said.

City officials said the storm drains are freezing over causing water to pool.

"You'll see problems at the intersections. We've been working with trying to open up the storm drains," Bender said.

Bender said the flooding isn't a problem, but he has crews working on it now before it becomes one.

"We're making sure we're getting inlets open, so as water runs off, we're getting it into the pipe early," Bender said.

Volunteers with the city are also making sand bags just to be proactive in case the flooding does become a major problem. City officials are also working to clear snow berms, and patch up potholes.

If you'd like to report a pothole or any flooding in your area, head to the Missoula Street Maintenance Division.

 

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