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City Public Works crews prepared for potential severe weather

City Public Works crews prepared for potential severe weather

The City of Memphis is prepared for the potential effects of high wind and heavy rains expected Wednesday, March 30. Crews are inspecting and clearing storm drains, inlets and checking other essential areas to help minimize the potential for street flooding.

City streets sometimes experience standing water in low-lying areas for a short duration due to drainage systems being overwhelmed by the amount of rainfall. These types of temporary ponding typically subside once heavier rainfall amounts end.  If such areas do not drain off quickly, please notify the City to investigate the concern. Please do not put loose trash or debris in the street next to the curb or near drains.

Public Works is encouraging residents who’ve had instances of water entering their homes or accumulating on their property to take early measures to prevent or divert water by clearing storm drains near their homes. City crews will not be able to take care of every drain inlet. Clearing gutters, downspouts, and nearby storm drains can help reduce the chance of residential flooding.  Storm equipment and personnel will remain on standby to respond to flooding-related emergencies.

Motorists should not drive through standing water, near downed trees or utility lines, or around road closure barricades. To report power outages, please call MLGW at 901-544-6500. To report downed trees, please call 311, and to report downed trees after-hours contact OEM at 901-636-2525.