City of Mobile Public Works Director concerned about flooding

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Mobile Public Works Director Bill Harkins tells FOX10 News his crews are hard at work when it comes to severe weather, especially with the threat of severe weather in our viewing area, April 28.

FOX10 News wanted to know more about what the city of Mobile does when it comes to weather preparation.

Make sure whatever is having issues then are corrected as best we can,” said Harkins. “Because we have such a big city, we try to do business as usual. But we also went and paid particular attention to bridges and culverts where roads run over them,” he said.

Harkins said one of the biggest concerns when it comes to Public Works are things like debris getting clogged in storm drains and ultimately preventing the flow of water, causing flooding throughout the city.

“If a branch of some garbage block up one of the avenues where water goes underneath a bridge, it can cause vibration as water pressure gets higher and higher and cause some severe damage,” said Harkins.

Harkins said there are also things you can do to help prevent flooding in city streets, like bringing in your garbage can so it does not block a drain.

“If they are out there blowing leaves, don’t blow them into the storm drain. That’s actually illegal. If they could rake them up and put them in trash bags, that would be a huge help,” he said.

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