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Davenport Crews Mapping, Clearing Drains

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Rain in the forecast, on top of a lot of snow on the ground, means conditions are right for potential street and creek flooding.
   
It's something crews are working to avoid across the QCA.
   
We found a team of workers Wednesday afternoon, attacking a Davenport intersection.
   
Crews typically clear storm drains over a period of a week or so, but with the potential for rain and potential flooding, the city's Public Works Director says they've stepped up their efforts.
     
Jim Carlson shows us a map of the city, pointing to red squares scattered on it. "Each one of these things is where the drains are." he says.
     
For the first time, crews are hitting the streets with these maps of storm drains and spillways.
   
Armed with shovels, they are breaking up ice and snow, and uncovering grate after grate.
     
What neighbors we talked to are looking forward to seeing on their street.
     
"I'm concerned that we're gonna see some significant flooding," one homeowner tells us. She didn't want us to use her name, or show her face on camera, but says she's already seen street flooding.
     
And, she's concerned about even more water with no place to go. "Houses on this street have been very close to flooding, if not have had water in their garages because of it."
     
Homeowners have been clearing sidewalks and getting driveways down to the pavement, but most stop short of storm drains.
     
"Ya, I don't know where they are," homeowner Christine Agy tells us. "If I knew where they were, I would try."
     
One of her neighbors did, exposing these grates.
     
And another neighbor did the same down the street, although it's questionable if anything can actually get down the drain in the middle of a snow bank.
     
"It doesn't look like they were cleared out here. Maybe that will be something they'll do tomorrow?" neighbors ask.
     
The Public Works Director says that's the plan.
   
Extra crews are working overtime, getting to as many of the 10-thousand drains around the city as they can.
     
They're making sure whatever melts can flow right through, so traffic can do the same on these streets.