Clearing Drains

City of Eau Claire employee Paul Rosolack uses a pressure washer steamer to thaw the snow and ice around a storm sewer drain Tuesday on Emery Street in Eau Claire. City crews are opening up the drains so snowmelt can drain properly. City of Altoona public works crews also are clearing storm sewer drains over the next few days. Altoona has suggested a helpful way to assist crews clearing the drains: Residents can “adopt” a storm sewer drain and do what they can to clear an opening so rain and melt can run off roads and down the drain. View more photos at

A flood warning has been issued through 8 a.m. today for Eau Claire and other west-central counties.

According to the National Weather Service office in the Twin Cities:

The flood warning applies to urban areas and small streams in the following area counties: Pepin, southeastern Pierce, southern Dunn, Chippewa and Eau Claire.

At 8 p.m. Tuesday local law enforcement reported water over several roads in Eau Claire, Pepin and Dunn counties.

Flooding will occur from parts of south and east-central Minnesota into west-central Wisconsin as moderate to heavy rain falls into today where drainage is poor due to the excessive amount of snow on the ground.

Some locations that may experience flooding include the cities of Eau Claire, Menomonie, Chippewa Falls, Altoona and Stanley and the village of Lake Hallie as well as the Minnesota communities of Faribault, Northfield, Red Wing, Cannon Falls, Pine Island and Zumbrota.

Motorists are reminded that most flood deaths occur in vehicles.