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