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Troy DPW employees rescue baby ducks from drain

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published April 20, 2020

 Bob Schenk, left, and George Hawes, employees of the Troy Department of Public Works, streets and drains, remove the grate over a drain in a parking lot at Rochester and Big Beaver roads to lift baby ducks to safety the morning of April 20.

Bob Schenk, left, and George Hawes, employees of the Troy Department of Public Works, streets and drains, remove the grate over a drain in a parking lot at Rochester and Big Beaver roads to lift baby ducks to safety the morning of April 20.

Photos provided by Bill Johansson

 Mama and her baby ducks, which had been trapped in a storm drain, waddle to safety after city employees used a net to rescue them April 20.

Mama and her baby ducks, which had been trapped in a storm drain, waddle to safety after city employees used a net to rescue them April 20.

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After an alert passerby called the non-emergency line to report a distressed mama duck at a storm drain in a parking lot at the northeast corner of Big Beaver and Rochester roads at 10:30 a.m. April 20, Troy Department of Public Works streets and drains division employees came to the rescue. 

Troy resident Bill Johansson told C & G Newspapers via email that he watched as the workers removed the grate from the drain and scooped out the ducklings with a net, then reunited them with their mother. 

“The Department of Public Works continues to provide essential services with reduced staffing. Employees remain ready to assist the public, including rescuing wildlife when social distancing and staff levels allow,” Kurt Bovensiep, the director of public works, said via email. 

 

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