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City drainage problems highlighted by severe weather

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

As rain and hail pelted Saginaw last Friday, people had to deal with more than soggy clothes if they were caught out in the open. 

They also waded through flooded streets. 

The water overflow was apparently because many storm drains were clogged with debris.

On Monday morning, the catch basins on the east side of Saginaw were clogged up, highlighting the problem.

"I can't understand why they're still clogging up like that.  It's like almost like every time we had that big storm where they knocked down all the trees, and it's like that debris is still in the drains," said Shirley Ward, a Saginaw resident.

Ward said that she had a harrowing experience while driving through street flooding on Friday.

"Coming down Remington, I ran into so many places where there was water across the road, I was like...huh uh," Ward said.

Saginaw City Public Service Director Phil Karwat said crews clean the catch basins on the daily basis.

Some residents said they realize the city is doing the best it can to clean up these drains.

"With the leaves and all that kind of stuff it takes a little time, so I believe we should just give them a little time to do that," said Ernest Burnell, a resident.

Still, some want the work done a little faster.

"The city need to come out and fix it and do something about it before somebody gets hurt," Ward said.

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