Rising temperatures, melting snow might cause some flooding

Rising temperatures, melting snow might cause some flooding

URBANA — Freezing temperatures, rain, snow and sleet — and that was just Monday.

What else does this week have in store? How about some flooding today?

As the sun returns and temperatures warm this week — potentially into the 50s by Thursday — the snow and ice on the ground are going to melt. Because plows on Monday pushed a lot of the ice back to the curb, Urbana public works operations manager John Collins expects there might be some flooding issues where gutters or storm inlets have been packed with snow.

"We're going to expect some," Collins said. "We're hoping we don't."

Collins said public works crews will be "working diligently" to clear those storm-water drains, particularly in lower areas, but residents should prepare.

"Basically the same thing as anything else," Collins said. "Plan ahead; leave home early; give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination; and be aware of your surroundings."

The good news is that public works officials expect to have the roads pretty clean Tuesday morning after Monday's icing. Champaign public works spokesman Kris Koester is less concerned about flooding.

"We had people out clearing out inlets and stuff even last week when it was getting warmer toward the end of the week," Koester said.

The roads should be fine as long as crews were able to get everything cleaned up Monday night, he said.

"If residents are near their homes and they see that inlets are still blocked, they can clear those themselves as long as they're standing above street level," Koester said. "Or, if it's a serious problem, they can let us know."

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