35 workers clear Spokane storm drains




Posted on March 5, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 5 at 9:50 PM

SPOKANE, Wash-- Standing water and flooding kept more than a dozen city wastewater trucks and crews busy Wednesday in Spokane.

City officials said more than 35 people were out between Tuesday and Wednesday working to clear storm drains and handle standing water.

Spokane used a total of 17 wastewater trucks that can hold up to 2,500 gallons of water each.

The crews focused on clearing out storm drains Tuesday that were clogged with snow and ice.

Officials said Wednesday was a little bit slower, but there were still plenty of areas of standing water that needed to be taken care of.

Wastewater Management worker, David Heckler said the extra work was good for business.
Heckler also warned drivers to be careful.

“You can go through some pretty big puddles and your engine could stall,” he said. “We’re trying to do our best to keep up with all of the wastewater.”

City officials said they were able to keep up with most of the wastewater and that there were not major areas of concern Wednesday evening. 

Crews asked city residents to continue helping them by reporting spots that need attention throughout the week.