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ABC 6 INVESTIGATES: Missing Storm Drains

COLUMBUS (Brooks Jarosz) -- ABC 6 Investigators have been exposing the dangers around many corners in Columbus neighborhoods.

Calls to the On Your Side Help Center had us hitting the streets and spending a week to take a closer look at a type of intersection that could be putting Columbus citizens at risk.

Just last year, the City of Columbus got more than 250 calls to 3-1-1 regarding flooding, standing water and clogged drains -- that is, if there is one.

"I'd like to see some drains on this side of the street," neighbor Troy Gilbert said. Better off to get out here now and get everything up off the ground as much as we could to help prevent all the accidents."

Troy Gilbert and his friend have been left cleaning up what has been gathering in the gutters at the intersection of Dundee and Wilton Streets. The corner, a common design from the 1950s, has created a puddle problem.

Rick Tilton of the Department of Public Service said workers have been addressing the public's complaints.

"Why they engineered the street like this when they built it, I don't know," Tilton said. We're not ignoring them. We're specifically out there looking at this."

However, neighbors said nothing has been done. Water regularly swallows up the ramp and part of the road all because theres not drains on one side of the street.

That water won't go down," neighbor Nancy Young said. "And this is every time it rains."

City officials said it is costly to add additional storm sewers to streets and will sometimes take months or even years to fix.

The real danger comes at the first sign of freezing, which pushed ABC 6 Investigators to take a look.

"They're just thinking it's snow but it's actually ice up under there," Young said.

City officials said nothing can be done until spring, due to the ice.

"They need to see how the water is flowing and what is impeding the flow of the water, Tilton said. Is it the grading of the street or is it something else?"

For now, neighbors are left watching and warning everyone.

If you know of an icy corner, clogged drain or missing storm sewer, call the city at 3-1-1.

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