Clogged Storm Drains Leads to Morning Floods

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LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. -- The heavy rain that pounded the metro on Friday morning was too much for some storm drains to handle, as police in Lee's Summit had to close some roads due to high water.

The intersection of Missouri 291 and Hook Road was closed for a time on Friday, as was a section of 150 Highway as authorities say that several weeks of mostly dry weather led to a buildup of debris in storm drains.

When the heavy rain hit on Friday morning, the debris dammed the water, keeping it from draining.

"We had four weeks of dry weather, (with) things build up in the pipes, no fault of anyone, twigs, leaves, tree limbs," said Sgt. Mike Childs of the Lee's Summit Police Department. "That amount of water pushing it into a dam, it just clogs the drain and fills the road with water."

Police say that the best advice for trying to prevent flooding like this in the future is to encourage residents not to put leaves and grass clippings into the storm drains.

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