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A heavy downpour Saturday inundated Burbank and left residents frustrated as they dealt with flooded streets and homes. Unofficial rainfall totals indicate more than 2 inches of rain fell in about a 4 hour period Saturday morning, overwhelming sewers and leaving large areas of the city underwater. Unable to cope with the sudden deluge, the Melvina Ditch Reservoir on 87th Street overspilled it's banks.
Burbank residents are becoming increasingly concerned about persistent flooding caused by recent heavy rains, as this was the city's third flooding event in the last 15 months. A flash flood which occurred in April 2013 closed roads and schools, necessitated at least one water rescue by the fire department, and prompted city officials to activate it's emergency command center. (see Burbank Flooding Causes Cancelled Classes and Street Closures).
Several Chicago news media outlets descended on Burbank Saturday to film submerged roads and interview vexed citizens. Exasperated residents took to social media to express their annoyance with the situation and The Burbank Beat's Facebook page was filled with photos of swamped streets and fervent comments in a short time.
Sample comments left by frustrated citizens on The Burbank Beat's Facebook page included:
Not all residents blamed the City of Burbank for the flooding problems; several commenters rallied to the defense of local government:
City officials in April 2013 assisted residents with the clean-up of flood damaged property by arranging a special collection. Patrol officers kept a log of ruined items left curbside and Public Works employees hauled away what wasn't picked up by Allied Waste (see Flood Cleanup).