|Published:||Jul 03, 2013 12:51 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 03, 2013 5:34 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla.-CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Another round of storms means another round of clean up in Cape Coral's canals. Crews are removing debris build-up from grates. They started Wednesday morning at a canal on Viscaya Parkway and Southeast 20th Court.
While some grates are checked multiple times a day, crews are checking all of them, which is over a dozen, to prevent flooding.
Hanging over the edge of the canals and picking up debris with a special stick, a Cape Coral public works crew is on a mission. "We have to release all the horticulture debris, garbage, pick the garbage out," said Vinnie Morelli, with Cape Coral Public Works.
The canals are set on a tiered system and some are stocked with sterile carp. The fish are designed to eat specific kinds of grass inside.
But while the grates trap the carp, they also trap the grass,coconuts, large sticks, and trash. They can also trap other creatures like a turtle crews rescued on Tuesday.
After heavy storms and rain, the grass can build up into a sticky swamp and cause flooding. "You'll end up with dead fish, smells really bad. Water will back up and raise the level in the system," said Morelli.
It's happening outside Mercedes Baldeon's home. "We called the city for this one because this is not good for the house, my dog, for everybody," she said.
She's happy to know crews are taking care of the problem. "When they clean, it's good because now it's clean today, the water," she said.
The city is also monitoring weirs in the canals. A weir acts as a small dam to regulate water levels. Right now, all the weirs in canals are as low as they can go in hopes of preventing flooding.