With rain in the forecast, York City is asking its residents to get involved in making sure storm drains are clear.

If the rain comes, the snow melts, and storm drains are closed over by piles of snow, flooding becomes a concern, said Jim Gross, director of public works.

And if storm drains are clear, the melting snow has somewhere to go, which can help prevent water from flooding basements, he said.

"We are going to be working on them ourselves, but any help we can get is certainly appreciated," Gross said.

Crews have also been working overnight each day this week to haul snow from the streets to the Northwest Triangle, he said. Gross said he's not sure what the overtime costs are -- workers have been hauling snow from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. -- but this winter has made its dent in the city's budget.

"Overall, we've certainly used our budget," he said. "It's been a tough winter, and that's the way it goes."

Wednesday snow removal:

Snow removal operations will continue Wednesday night in York City, Mayor Kim Bracey announced in a news release.

From 7 p.m. Wednesday to 7 a.m. Thursday, North George Street between Philadelphia and North streets will be closed, and all cars must be removed from the area.

During that time, all snow will be removed from the curbs, parking meters and sidewalks.

Snow hauling will continue nightly from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. in the downtown meter district, with street closings and parking restrictions in place.

Residents can visit www.


yorkcity.org for more information.