Sandy Prep: City of Binghamton

By Matt Porter

October 26, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2012 at 11:19 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) As Hurricane Sandy keeps moving up towards the East Coast, the City of Binghamton is not taking any chances.

The city said what's different and could be potentially disastrous about this storm are the leaves.

Right now, the there are thousands of wet leaves are lining curbs everywhere, clogging the city's crucial storm drains.

Unlike last year's September flood where the issue was high water levels in rivers and streams, the concern this year is all those wet leave blocking water drains and keeping the water flow on the streets.

The city is putting a lot of its resources, including some overtime, through the weekend to clean the storm drains which it said are in rough shape.

City officials are calling the leaf issue, a worst case scenario.

"If the water has nowhere to go, it's going to end up in people's yards, and people's house," said Assistant Street Supervisor Dan Maerkl, Jr, "It's going to be right here on the surface roads."

The city said everyone can help with the leaf problem by making sure the drains in front of their own homes and businesses are clear of all sticks and leaves.

There's not enough time for the city to clean up all the debris this weekend, but they will do as much as they can.

Binghamton's Department of Public Works is preparing for two very different events.

The city is preparing half their fleet for rain, and the other half for wet snow.