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    7:19 PM, Jan 9, 2013   |    comments
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    Storm debris from December's snow storm. (Photo: Lauren Scott, KTHV)

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Two weeks after the snow and ice storm in Arkansas, branches still line many city curbs and some residents are still picking up the debris left behind.

    With heavy rain expected in Central Arkansas Wednesday around 5 p.m., public works crews are preparing for possible flood conditions.

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    Crews are urging homeowners to be extra cautious, asking them to keep branches as far away from the sewers as possible. They also remind residents to keep the drains clear, as many of them are blocked with debris after the winter storm.

    Jim Carlos is Foreman One with Little Rock Public Works Operations.

    "If we start to get flooding, we'll respond to those [calls]. We'll have to pull crews off of what their doing. We've had several people that have called about trees in the ditches and the flow line," Carlos said. 

    He said his crews are pulling 10 hour days for clean-up, which is now focused on making sure the forecasted rain has a place to go.

    "And we'll get out there and open up the flow line but as far as the responsibility, that's as far as the city goes with it. And we'll try to open up the drains because it will cause problems if we don't get them opened up," Carlos added.

    To give some perspective to this storm, Carlos said there is more than 2,500 miles of city streets in Little Rock, and there is some amount of debris on every one.

    Twitter: @BuhrmanM

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