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Chico Public Works prepares ahead of storms

Chico Public Works employees were hard at work on Wednesday in preparation for heavy rain expected the next few days.

Posted: Mar. 21, 2018 9:25 PM
Updated: Mar. 21, 2018 9:40 PM

Chico, Calif. -- Chico Public Works employees were hard at work on Wednesday in preparation for heavy rain expected the next few days.

"Trying to figure out where the storm drains run, finding the pipes when the DI is full of water," said Clark Davis, a Senior Maintenance Worker at the Department of Public Works in Chico.

In these conditions with limited vision from the rain, it's not necessarily an easy task.

"Things can change in a matter of seconds. If someone is not paying attention when they're driving their car, you have to be careful so you don't hurt them in any way," said Davis. 

Crews traveled all throughout Chico, responding to flooding and blocked storm drains.

"We find all manner of things in a storm drain, plastic bags, shoes clothing, we pull out clothing, sleeping bags, duffle bags," said Davis.

A few blocks away, other public works employees were filling up potholes.

"We try to work even faster in the rain with service requests or emergency calls to save people from damaging their vehicles," said Paul Griffin, another Senior Maintenance Worker at the Department of Public Works in Chico.

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