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City of Chatfield prepares for spring rains


CHATFIELD, Minn. (KTTC) -- As we begin to thaw out from winter, snow removal and the expected spring rains could cause problems in the near future.

With the possibility of water overwhelming storm drains, crews with the city of Chatfield Street Department were out Friday making sure storm drains were clear.

According to the department, blocked drains during this time of year can cause flooding.

"This drain right here, one of our bigger ones, has the largest flow," said Brian Burkholder, Chatfield Water Superintendent. "And it freezes because the ground temperatures are so cold and the culvert is so big that the cold air makes it freeze and it froze."

Burkholder said crews used a safe amount of chloride to melt ice and used torches to thaw out drains.


With rain in the forecast this weekend, crews are sending out extra trucks to monitor drains and clear any blockages.

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