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People concerned about clogged storm drains in Kanawha County

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Heavy rains caused flooding in parts of Kanawha County Tuesday night.  Now, people are wondering if the storm drains are really to blame.

The answer depends on where you live.

Betty Cowan has lived on McKinley Avenue in Saint Albans for years.  She said the water came down so fast, it was sitting on top of the storm drains on her street.

She said her main concern is how she would get her daughter, who's in a wheelchair, down their ramp if this kind of flooding happened again.

"I would have had a time to try to get her in a wheelchair and get her through this water, which was backed way up to the neighbors and down the street as far as you could see," she said.

Shannon Shank lives down the road from Cowan. He said he can't remember the last time the water got so high.

"When I was a kid, it used to pool down on the intersections, the water running towards the drain inlets down there," he said.

Mayor Dick Calloway said these particular drains are within the city limits and are not clogged.

He said the recent rainfall has overwhelmed the system. For people who think their storm drains are clogged, he said residents can fill out an incident report.  From there, the Public Works Department will come and check it out.

If you don't live within the city limits, there's a good chance you are responsible for fixing the problem.