The Great Melt Is Here ... Are Your Storm Drains Clear?

Now that snow is melting, it's very important to make sure storm drains are clear. We have crews on the job, but we could use a hand too. Credit: Philadelphia Water
Now that snow is melting, it's very important to make sure storm drains are clear. We have crews on the job, but we could use a hand too. Credit: Philadelphia Water

Winter Storm Jonas surely lived up to—and even exceeded—all the Snowpocalypse/Snowzilla hype.

That meant plenty of sledding and snowman building on Saturday and Sunday when it was cold. But with nearly two feet of snow now starting to melt, our winter wonderland is dissolving into a soupy mess that we want to make sure enters the inlets so it does not create roadway flooding or icing conditions as the frigid temperatures return each night.

Whenever cities like Philadelphia get this much snow, finding out where to put it all is always challenge, and street plowing that makes our roads safe can also lead to blocked storm drains.

Philadelphia Water crews are working multiple shifts assisting the Streets Department to clear those storm drains so that melting snow can quickly enter the sewer system, preventing flooding, ponding and ice on our roads.

But, with 72,000 storm drains the city, making sure each one is clear is a very tall task. That’s where customers can really help.

If you notice storm drains blocked by snow in your area, please take a minute to clear it or ask a neighbor with a shovel to give you a hand. Doing so will help to reduce the chances of having flooding on your street or property.

If you or your neighbors are unable to clear snow from the storm drains on your block and water is beginning to pond in the street, call 311 to report the issue. Crews will respond as soon as possible.

Please keep in mind that storms like this can put a strain on City resources, and response times may reflect that.

You and your neighbors can really make a difference when you lend a hand in making sure our streets stay safe, so we really appreciate the help!