Wichita crews working 12 hour shifts to keep streets from flooding


There’s no getting around it..

“11th and Waco doesn’t take much,” says General Supervisor Darrin Deutscher.

Rain is going to be an issue in the city for the next few days. So if you see Wichita road crews, let them work.

“We are trying to unclog the lines and get all the water off the streets,” says Deutscher.

They know the problem spots where drains usually get clogged more often than others. 11th and Waco is one of them.

“The debris was all clogged up in there and would not let the water go on past,” he explains.

The irony in unclogging these drains is that they actually use water to do it.

“That line has 2,500 pounds of water pressure,” he says.

They use a high pressure power washer that pushes the water backwards, breaking up the debris.

“When he stirred it all up he got it to break free and start to drain,” says Deutscher.

Another street crews worked on was 14th and Fairview. It only took minutes for this street to start flooding. It’s the same process over and over again. These crews are responsible for 1,500 miles of pipes and more than 67,000 manholes and drains.

“We have got crews running 12 hour shifts right now. We have a crew coming in at midnight, and they will work all the way tomorrow at noon, and then at noon, we will come back in and work hopefully to the end of this storm,” he explains. 

While each drain presents a challenge of its own, crews know its important that they unclog the drain and keep the water moving..

“These slow rains like this you get a lot more debris that just clogs up in the catch basins… more stuff would be clogged up if we weren’t out here doing this,” says Deutscher.

If you have a flooded street that needs taken care of  dial “Wichita” on your phone so city crews can clear the water.

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