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SeeClickFix: Unblocking drains packed with fall leaves

Public works staff clear blockages in city drains year-round. (Source: WAFF) Public works staff clear blockages in city drains year-round. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Water is backing up in Huntsville neighborhoods due to falling leaves.

Huntsville Public Works Department goes back to the basics, armed with gardening tools, to clear out a drainage problem on Jones Valley Drive.

If they don't, accumulating rainwater has nowhere else to go.

"It'll back up on the road out in the street if it won't drain right," explained Jamey Miller.

Miller, maintenance supervisor for the Public Works Department, says that if they didn't perform this task, the water could easily pool and lead to the risk of cars hydroplaning.

He says the S-type inlets like those on the corner of Jones Valley Drive Southeast and Whitesburg Drive are heavily packed with leaves this time of year. Miller adds that its more than just leaves that keep them busy year-round.

"We've pulled anything from shopping carts out of these, balls, anything that can get down there and stop the concrete pipe up and won't let the water flow," he said.

To get the water flowing again on Jones Valley Drive, the crew dropped the garden tools and called in the reinforcements.

"This one [is] packed full of leaves, so we're going to bring our jet truck in," Miller said. "It has an eight-inch pipe on it that actually sucks the leaves up out of the inlet to get it good and clean."

It's a simple process that takes some time to solve, since the city only has one jet truck to service all its drainage problems.

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