Rapid Snow Melt Causes Storm Drains To Clog

By: Rosie Barresi Email
By: Rosie Barresi Email

We were all impacted by Thursday's late Spring storm and the aftermath is still giving us grief.

Friday morning, commuters had to deal with lots of snow and ice. "When I was starting my car up today (Friday), my tires were stuck in the ice," said Alyssa Caceres who lives in Colorado Springs.

Colorado Springs City Streets Division snow plow drivers worked around the clock, but turned in around 8:30 p.m. on Friday night. Drivers are on stand-by in case of emergency.

It didn't take long Friday before the sun started to work its magic on the ice and snow left behind by the storm. "Right around noon (Friday) things really started to break up," said Ken Winckler who is with the Colorado Springs Streets Division.

Side streets and main streets around Colorado Springs were left with puddles of water and slush, nothing like Thursday. "It was like a blizzard outside," said Erik Saunders who lives in Colorado Springs.

The slush and standing water meant one thing, trouble. Trouble for Friday night once all the water turns to ice and trouble for the city in the coming weeks ahead. "We get moisture underneath the asphalt itself and then at night when it freezes it causes to expand and opens up cracks larger causing potholes," said Winckler.

The small ponds around the city are hard to get rid of because ice clogs the drains and city snow trucks can only do their best. "The only thing we can do is try and break that snow up that's right in front of that catch basin," said Winckler.

The city warns drivers to drive carefully on Friday night and pedestrians to watch out for slick sidewalks. "Especially at intersections because that's generally where the water is," said Winckler.

"It's Colorado weather so you never know what to expect," said Caceres.

The city also says thank you to all the drivers who decided to stay in on Thursday. They say people staying home made the jobs of snow plow drivers much easier.

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