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City asks residents to keep storm drains clear

As forecasters are calling for heavy rain on Friday, Fort Wayne City Utilities has already placed pumps as a precaution, in neighborhoods prone to flooding. Pumps are in place, but not running, at the intersection of Old Mill Road and Fairfax Avenue, Hartman Road, Wheaton Court, Fernwood Avenue and Tillman Road.

When heavy and sustained rains are in the forecast, City Utilities reminds residents that their help is needed to make sure debris, trash and yard waste are not blocking drains. While city crews do check drains, they cannot monitor all 19,000 storm drains and inlets and need assistance from residents to clear drains during a heavy rain event to allow water to flow away.