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Homeowners prepare for possible flooding when snow melts

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(02/14/14) - Temperatures are expected to be much warmer next week.

That means some homeowners are preparing for the possibility of flooding when the snow melts, which could cause them to run into potential problems.

Homeowners who have seen their share of flooding in years past are worried about the possibility of too much snow melting too fast this time around.

After months of below-freezing temps and record-setting snowfall, flooding is a real concern to homeowners. Mel Schafer has lived in his Swartz Creek home for the past 18 years.

"We're hoping maybe that it melts kind of slow," he said.

Schafer wants to avoid a repeat of what happened in May of 2012, when his community was hit hard by floods.

He had to cope with a power outage while trying to get three inches of water out of his basement.

"I've already heard some of the neighbors talking about the possibility of basements flooding again. Some of us took some steps to make sure that our sump pumps were going to work and I kind of live down a little bit from some of the other condos so it kind of comes my way," he said.

Swartz Creek's city manager says crews are out clearing areas that are known trouble spots.

"Ditches, catch basin and other areas like that and we would certainly encourage homeowners to do likewise with sump pumps discharges and other drains they might have on their property just to make sure everything is flowing smoothly because weather the warm up is slow or fast it's definitely going to result in a lot of water," said Adam Zettel.

Many homeowners say they're less worried about the possibility of flooding next week because they're more prepared this time.

"My concerns are that the power stays on so that the sump pump will keep running and just have the generator ready in case something like that happens," said Dale Karhoff, a Swartz Creek resident.

Flint Public Works Director Howard Croft says the city is also prepared.

"We're ready and aware that there are going to be areas where water is going to need a place to travel and we're staffing up the best we can to get out there and address it right away. Just something we want to make the residents aware of. Anywhere we can have a clear passage to clear the road or clear out sewers so the water has a place to go, that will be a benefit to the city," he said.

Genesee County Drain Commissioner Jeff Wright says his crews are also out paying close attention to drainage systems.

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