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Heavy rains overwhelm Burlington drainage system

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

A system of strong thunderstorms swept through our region and the threat isn't over.

In Burlington, crews are trying to fix a washout at the intersection of Manhattan Drive and North Champlain Street caused by the flash floods of Wednesday's rain.

Throughout the Queen City, officials say the heavy dumping overwhelmed drainage systems. Manhole covers came off; streets flooded. In some spots water even got under the road and lifted the pavement.

Burlington's head of public works, Steve Goodkind, says wind covered catch basins with leaves, creating the perfect scenario for flooding. But, he says the city's systems were ready for the storm.

"Well, I think ready as you're going to be. Everyone has to remember these storms are more intense than we normally get, there's a limit to what the system's going to take," Goodkind said. "I think it rained at least two and a half inches in less than an hour-- that's wicked, that's huge-- I don't know any system we have that's going to initially deal with that."

The city says the costs of repairs for that washed out section of road is at least $100,000. One lane on North Champlain Street will be closed indefinitely.

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