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Cities clearing storm drains to help prevent flooding

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A storm drain on Cranston Street is cleared of some snow on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. A storm drain on Cranston Street is cleared of some snow on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.
CRANSTON, R.I. - Road crews were out in force on Dyer Avenue in Cranston clearing storm drains of snow to help prevent flooding during the next few days.

Rain fell across the region Wednesday and Storm Team 10 says the mild temperatures are expected over the next few days.

"We've got a lot of areas that are prone to flooding just because of the nature of how the road is structured, how it looks. So we have to proactively stay on top of it," said Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.

With more than 8,000 drains throughout the city, Fung said he knows crews can't get to them all so he's asking residents to help.

"Just spend a few minutes where they have some drains. It helps (crews) as well if they can get some water flowing," Fung said.

Residents were happy to see the city taking action.

"As long as they keep doing what they're supposed to be doing and using our tax money correctly, I love it," said resident Bob Hesford.

Similar actions are being taken in Providence.

"The ground is hard. We got a lot of snow and as the snow melts, we have to get this water off the road," said Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare.

Pare said crews are putting sand on the roads to prepare for freezing, and using all the resources they can especially with the shortage of salt.

"People go too fast. They think, ‘Now we don't have any more snow, it's just rain, I can increase my speed in a car.' Just slow down," he said.

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