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Storm drains cleared of leaves before the rain

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Atlanta Watershed Management crews were busy around town trying to clear leaves from storm drains.

"All the leaves have fallen off so they have to go somewhere," driver Tracy Murrells said.

But if they go in the drain system it can cause clogs that could flood streets and yards. CBS46 found a crew working in Peoplestown which is a neighborhood known to have flooding issues.

Watershed Management asks that you remove leaves from covered catch basins near your home. This same kind of work was being done on area interstates by the Georgia Department of Transportation.

"We do that weekly as part of our maintenance activities is to clean and clear drains," GDOT spokesperson Natalie Dale said.

But extra attention is being put on the drains to clear them now and most likely again after the rain.

"As that rain falls it tends to sort of wash what's left off the trees and down into drains so we have to do more rounds with clearing of drains," Dale said.

GDOT knows the low lying interstate areas it will have to monitored closely. GDOT is also asking drivers to use caution and be mindful of unusually slick roads from the lack of rain.

"When we don't have rain for a while you have a build up of oil on the highway and when you have an initial rain it can be slicker than typical," Dale said.

"We want this rain but we also like our roads to be safe so be careful."

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