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Towns ask residents to help dig out storm drains to prevent flooding

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The recent heavy snow is melting, and that means trouble. Water seems to be pooling everywhere.

Some local towns and cities are asking their residents to help by clearing storm drains in their neighborhood, but some people are wondering if it's actually their responsibility.

Most of Connecticut has received 2 to 3 feet of snow just this month, which means most storm drains are likely buried underneath it all. With temperatures above freezing that snow is going to melt and fast.

"The temperatures combined with the rain, the snow is getting even more saturated, heavy, it's wetter snow, obviously that's going to create more run off," said Chris Kunzelmann, who is the Avon assistant fire chief.

Kunzelmann said that's creating a huge flooding concern, and it's something that's happened before.

"(In) 2011 we had this problem when we had weather of this nature. It's a statewide problem," Kunzelmann said.

Towns such as Avon are asking its residents to make sure standing water has a way to escape into drains.

Eyewitness News discovered it's not a homeowners responsibility to shovel out a storm drain.

"The storm drains are going to flood but that's up to the towns," Avon resident Peter Delap said. "A lot of them are frozen and you don't want to go out in the street and do it, and get run over."

Delap is right, according to what Eyewitness News has learned, Town officials said it's their job or the state's, but if you could help that would help them.

"If everyone could chip in and find their storm drain and dig it out, it would certainly save a lot of work," Kunzelmann said.

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