Crews working to prevent flooding in Winston-Salem

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C — City street crews have been busy clearing storm drains since Monday as they get ready for thunderstorms and a chance for severe weather which may cause flooding.

“You can see puddles that form in the garage area,” said Sara Rucker, who lives on Westover Avenue where water backs up along the curb outside her home.

“Water in the garage area, it sometimes seeps into the basement area,” she said.

Despite nearly a half dozen drains on her street, every time it rains water gets about ankle high.

She’s bracing herself for the two inches of rain expected to come down over the next two days.

“There could be some flash flooding,” said Ryan Newcomb, assistant director of Winston Salem’s Department of Transportation.

Newcomb says street crews are trying to prevent that flooding, clearing dozens of clogged storm drains before thunderstorms and possible severe weather rolls in Tuesday night.

“They know the urgency of it and are trying to get through as much of it as they can,” Newcomb said.

For the past few months, the city has been struggling with drainage issues caused by clogged inlets and old pipes, especially during severe weather.

“If you get a lot of rain in a short amount of time, even the best of system won’t be able to handle it,” Newcomb said.

Along with two to three crews in the field, extra workers will also be on standby.

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