Eric Anderson AKA 'Drainman'

Armed with a shovel, Drainman (also known as the Morning Edition's Eric Anderson) wandered the streets of Regina Wednesday morning looking for street drains to unclog.

Oh Drainman, is there anything you can't do?

The CBC Morning Edition's Eric Anderson got a few responses like that Wednesday morning after he grabbed a spade and took requests from the public to clear their ice-clogged catch basins.

With street drains clogged all over the city following a big melt on the weekend, the emails were soon streaming in, but Anderson (AKA Drainman) was game to do his bit.

"It takes an army," Anderson said. "I'm just one man, but I'm glad to do my part."

After a few hours on the job, Anderson was beat, but not beaten.

"It's been a hard morning," he said at the scene of a drain he had just cleared. "We've had some success."

Among those calling for help was Bruce Walsh, who said a blocked drain in front of his house has created a lake in the street.
"I'm just afraid, people park out front, they're gonna fall to the bottom of the ocean, it seems."

Public response was overwhelmingly positive, with one neighbourhood resident making Anderson some hot chocolate.

"I got a lot of honking and waving," Anderson said.