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Soggy Candlestick Park Readied For NFC Championship

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) -- Department of Public Works crews in San Francisco on Saturday were sprucing up neighborhoods around Candlestick Park and drying out the parking lots as they prepared for thousands of fans and visitors to descend on the area for Sunday's NFC championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants.

After Friday's storm, flood waters filled the parking lots at Candlestick Park. Crews were busy pumping the water out all day Saturday to make sure the lots were dry in time for Sunday's big game.

DPW workers were sweeping away litter, hauling away illegally dumped items and targeting graffiti in the neighborhoods around the stadium, according to a news release.

Crews were also surveying streets near the ballpark and filling potholes along well-traveled roadways.

Public works teams also planned for post-game cleanups, both around the stadium and other spots around the city, according to the department.

"DPW is committed to ensuring the public right of way is safe and accessible so that every visitor and fan has an enjoyable experience at this championship game," DPW's interim Director Mohammed Nuru said.

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