KCMO Water Services crews busy cleaning storm drains

City has more than 44,000 storm drains

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Across Kansas City roads quickly flooded to the point where cars weren't allowed to go through Tuesday including the westbound lanes at Southwest Boulevard at 25th Street.

But shortly before seven o’clock, Deron Roland and his colleague with the Kansas City Water Services Department showed up.

They examined the problem.

"The rain washes down and clutters the drain. We get those calls to get out on here," Roland said

They quickly started working on a solution.

Using shovels and even their hands, Roland and his colleague cleaned out debris from the catch basin.

In less than 10 minutes, the street was open.

Roland expects to do the same job at least a dozen times, he doesn't mind.

"It's fun, it's fun what we do in the storm water department so it's a fun job for us," Roland said.

Roland has been doing this for the last five years.

He is part of the six cleaning crew whose job is to clear some of the city's 44,319 storm drains.  So far, they’ve cleaned out 7,795.

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