JOPLIN, Mo. — Some routine maintenance will hopefully lead to smooth streaming in the City of Joplin.

Right now crews are out near Campbell Parkway making sure Joplin Creek is flowing properly. They do this by checking to make sure there’s no vegetation or trash blocking the flow, as well as a little dredging.

Joplin Assistant City Manager, Tony Robyn, said this is something the city does every year to keep storm waterways moving smoothly.

“Well, we don’t want to see our city flooded, of course. Flooded homes and streets and businesses. We want to move that water through the community as quickly as possible,” said Robyn.

Work started near Campbell Parkway about three weeks ago and will continue through the next several months as they check other sites throughout the city.