Missoula crews work to remove storm water from streets
MISSOULA, Mont. —
Heavy rain is leaving standing water on major streets in Missoula. Crews are out working to open drains and clear roads for drivers and pedestrians.
Storm water is the result of seasonal spring rains and melting snow.
“Sometimes it’s hard, because I don’t know if there is a pothole under all that water,” resident Liam McMahon said.
Storm water is a common problem that residents face. McMahon sees it every day commuting to and from school.
“Sometimes I have to drive really slow through the puddles,” McMahon said.
That's why the city of Missoula created the Storm Water Division a year ago.
Superintendent Bob Hayes says there are several reasons why there may be pools of water on streets.
“When the water backs up, then one of those drain systems has accumulated too much water or debris. There is a lot of debris in there. Any time trash falls out of your car or blows out of your trash can, as soon as the rain comes it washes it down the drain,” Hayes said.
Since the Storm Water Division is new, it is getting help from both the Streets Division and the Wastewater Treatment Division.
“Storm water does not ever go to the wastewater treatment plant. It goes directly to the river or discharged to our aquafer. It does not ever get cleaned,” Hayes said.
Some residents say this is normal for Missoula this time of year.
“I am from Missoula, and I expect potholes and a lot of water this time of the year,” resident Shawn Sproull said.
Right now, crews are focusing on priority streets like Reserve, Russell and Brooks.
For more information on Missoula’s Storm Water Division click here.