Uncovering Storm Drains Crucial As Rain Approaches (VIDEO)

By Rachelle Spence - 21Alive

February 19, 2014 Updated Feb 19, 2014 at 7:05 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- With the sun beating down and rain in the forecast, a lot of snow is going to melt. In most places, that water doesn't have anywhere to go.

All of the melt has to get to rivers somehow and storm drains are often the most direct route, but many are still covered with snow and ice.

We stumbled upon David Martin and his wife, as they tried to prevent the standing puddles of water in their street from growing any bigger.

The couple says they learned their lesson the hard way.

She recalls the rain that damaged her home, "It came up into our front lawn and into the basement. I remember calling my realtor and going, 'there's water all over my basement, I don't know what to do.'"

From that day forward, David has teamed up with neighbors to clear all of the storm drains up and down their Fort Wayne street.

That easy task, is something city officials say most people aren't doing.

There are over 19,000 storm drains in Fort Wayne and although city crews are working around the clock, as of Wednesday afternoon, they've only been able to clear about 150 of them.

"The city probably doesn't have the capability of going to every single drain. it wouldn't be feasible, or it would just be excessively expensive," says David.

So for those of you who haven't been able to find your storm drains since December, hopefully this recent sunshine has them starting to peek through.

With this in mind, city officials ask residents to take a couple of minutes to help keep the roads as dry as possible, in the rainy Thursday to come.

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