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Kansas City crews clean up flooded streets after heavy rains

Posted at 4:32 PM, May 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 12:42:21-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — From flooded streets to downed power lines, the heavy rain Monday night into Tuesday made an impact across the Kansas City metro.

"Busy. I have been busy with all the rain," said Larry McMillen with KC Water.

The water department spent all day Tuesday cleaning up flooded streets.
"The rain, sometimes the pipes aren't big enough,” McMillen said. “Some of it is just a little bit of debris that is off the street and gets into it.”

The water department said that if residents see water start to rise in their neighborhood, call 311 and be as detailed as possible.

On Tuesday, 41 Action News crews saw a flooded street and alerted a crew, who responded within the hour. 

KC Water officials want to make sure this doesn't happen when the next storm rolls in.

"We have a vac truck that comes and sucks it up. Cleans the line,” McMillen said. “They will come and inspect the inlets and pop the lids and make sure things are open.”

Another problem Mother Nature brought to the metro was downed power lines.

"If you see a wire on anything, stay away from it," Kansas City Fire Department Deputy Chief Jimmy Walker said.

At 36th and Central streets, cars were seen driving on or around a downed power line.
Don't do what those drivers did, Walker said.
"The best bet is to just treat every line that you see as a live wire,” he said. “Call 911 to have us come out. We will get ahold of Power and Light and we can have them put that line on a list.”