In Regina, the annual spring melt has two parts. First local snow melts, causing runoff throughout the city. Approximately two weeks later, melt water from east of Regina flows through the city and causes water levels in Wascana Lake and Wascana Creek to rise.
If necessary, the City’s spring melt action plans include:
- Clearing curbside drains (catch basins),
- Ice breakup at Wascana Creek crossings,
- Temporary pumping, and
- Temporary dyking.
Residents can help by making sure their neighbourhood catch basin is clear and draining properly.
Tips for homeowners
The City encourages residents to guard against spring melt in their basements. Here are some tips to help you stay dry:
- Continue to clear ice and snow off your neighbourhood catch basin and make sure it is draining properly.
- Move snow away from your home so it will drain away from the foundation.
- Clear channels in the ice/snow to allow melt water to drain away.
- Ensure downspouts are extended so they discharge rain or meltwater at least two meters away from the foundation.
- Check to make sure your sump pump is working. If you don’t have a sump pump, consider installing one. Contact a plumber for assistance if required.
- Consider installing a mainline Sewer Backwater Valve to protect against sewer backup if you don’t have one.
- Keep basement sewer caps in place.
- Check your basement regularly for signs of water and consider installing a water-sensing alarm.
Caution: During the annual spring melt there will be fast flowing water and undertows. Residents are reminded to stay safe and to keep their children away from storm channels, Wascana Lake and Wascana Creek.