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With rain and warmer temperatures in the forecast, the City of Pocatello is taking steps to prepare for possible flooding.
Currently, the National Weather Service is forecasting rain to begin around noon Sunday and continuing into the evening Monday. During the same time frame, temperatures are forecasted to climb to the mid-to-upper 30s before returning to the upper-20s early Tuesday morning. Due to the conditions, there is a potential for excessive stormwater collecting in low-lying areas around Pocatello.
“Anytime we see a forecast like this, the City takes it very seriously,” said Tom Kirkman, Street Operations Superintendent. “Ahead of the storm, crews with the Street Operations Department are preparing by clearing storm drains of snow and ice to help keep water flowing.”
Sand and sandbags will also be available for residents at the Street Operations shop located at 1080 South 1st Avenue. Residents will be required to fill their own sandbags, if the need arises. If it becomes necessary, additional sand and sand bags will be moved to other locations in town.
“If you see a storm drain that is plugged, please feel free to ‘Adopt-the-drain’ and try to clear the obstruction,” Kirkman said.
If residents are unable to unclog the drain, they are encouraged to contact the Street Operations Department at 208-234-6250.