Hometown Fire Chief Tom Messerschmidt, left, and firefighters George Gerhard and Jim Stewart prepare to unblock clogged drains along SR309 in Hometown Monday evening. Heavy rains sent a swift, deep cascade of water down Grove Street and Meadow Avenue, flooding two storm drains and basements of nearby buildings. Local residents say the situation is a recurring problem as water in the vicinity of Rush Elementary School a few blocks away finds its way to the drains, which quickly clog.