City crews use a backhoe to clear a storm drain Tuesday at the intersection of Main Street and Second Avenue West in downtown Ashland. To prevent storm drains plugged with packed snow and ice from causing streets to flood from snow melt and rainfall, the city watches the weather forecast and schedules work to clear vents, Ashland Public Works Director John Butler said. With temperatures on the rise and rain in the forecast, the National Weather Service put a flood watch in effect for Ashland and Bayfield counties between 1 p.m. Tuesday and 7 p.m. Thursday. The Weather Service predicts between 1 and 1½ inches of rain will fall during this time and advises people to prepare for basements to flood and ice dams to back up on roofs in addition to possible flooding in the streets. (Jen Moritz/Staff Photo)

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