Crews working to clear storm drains of debris in Nashville

Posted at 6:55 PM, Feb 22, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — We're talking anything from trash to tree limbs to mud. It all flows into the drains and starts piling up.

But crews today were out and about trying to put a dent in the storm drain backup. They used all kinds of equipment including something known as a "vactor." Plain and simple, this machine vacuums up the debris in this storm drain. Many of these drain had about three feet of mud and other debris clogging them.

So far, crews like these have received 350 calls just in the past couple of weeks.

Metro Storm Water says they welcome the calls though, asking for anyone who sees these clogged drains to contact them.

They said they often see problems like this especially when we see heavy rain and flooding in the forecast.

There are, however, a lot of drains across Nashville. So, if you do contact Metro Water Services, it could take them days to get to your drain. Still though, they say they want people to be proactive about alerting them about where the problem areas.