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Asheville crews clean storm drains as more rain approaches

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As rains poured down much of the day Wednesday in Asheville, crews were cleaning drains to get ready for the rest of the week. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

As rains poured down much of the day Wednesday in Asheville, crews were cleaning drains to get ready for the rest of the week.

Thursday, especially into the afternoon, expect rain and thunderstorms to become more numerous, a pattern will repeat itself into the weekend.

With more rain coming, crews used a vacuum truck to clean storm drains. The Vac-Con truck cost more than $300,000. The city bought two about 10 years ago.

"This machine saves the city tons of money each year. In the past, when a pipe would clog up, we would have to dig out the pipe entirely to replace it," stormwater services manager McCray Coates said.

Meanwhile, drivers around Asheville had their hands full, avoiding ponding on area roads, including west Patton Avenue. While some area roads were closed near Biltmore Village and the Swannanoa River, by afternoon, when the rain stopped, levels had dropped and all roads were open.


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