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Columbus Public Services working to repair flood damage

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Herb Franks has lived in Columbus all his life. Yesterday's flooding was new to him.

"It was raining like I've never seen in my years in Columbus," says Franks. "There were places underwater that I've never seen before."

Franks lives off Weems Road, where it flooded so bad there was a cave-in outside his house. He was one of the many Columbus residents who witnessed a record amount of rain yesterday afternoon. In an hour-and-a-half the area saw over 5 inches of rain.

Pat Biegler, the Director of Public Works in Columbus, says the flooding was expected given the amount of rain.

"The biggest issue is obstructions, and I've seen everything from leaves to beach balls getting wedged into the end of the pipe," says Biegler.

As for the cave-in and other damage caused by the flooding, Biegler says it's pretty common after a heavy rain. The city will take a look at them immediately, put some barrels over them and then unearth them and find what the cause is.

"In most cases they're a storm water pipe and if it has a loose pipe or crack then water from inside squirts out and erodes the dirt," says Biegler.

Despite the record rainfall, they only received about 60 calls about flood damage last night. It's a low number compared to days when they've had more moderate rainfall and about 600-700 calls, according to Biegler.

Biegler says they didn't receive as many calls because they were more prepared for flooding than they have in the past. They started a new program about a year ago to increase inlet inspections.

The city says if you see any obstructions causing flooding to call 311, the Citizen Services Call Center.

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