Rain, snow melt water and runoff enter the storm sewer pipes by flowing into approximately 22,000 catch basins, which are in the center or along the sides of streets. The storm drains flow into storm channels, ultimately emptying into Wascana Creek.
The City has measures in place to reduce flooding in known problem areas throughout our community. Detention and retention ponds, as well as dikes and berms, direct as much runoff as possible away from roads and sewers. Dikes and berms act as barriers to help keep the water away, helping to prevent flooding in basements of homes and businesses. Detention and retention ponds will fill with water until the drainage system is able to handle it.
Residents are encouraged to guard against flooding in their homes and properties. We offer a number of flood protection tips for homeowners to help you stay dry.
Flood Protection Tips
Guard against spring melt and flooding in your basement. Here are some tips to help you stay dry:
- 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.
- Consider installing a Backflow Prevention Valve to protect against sewer backups 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.
When catch basins are frozen or filled with debris in the spring, melting snow cannot drain away from alleys, streets or greenspaces adjacent to your property. Keeping your sidewalk, gutter and the area around catch basins free of snow, ice and debris provides a clear path for melting ice and snow to enter the drainage system.
Report a Blocked Catch Basin
To report a blocked catch basin or an area with poor drainage to be inspected, use the City's online submit a service request form or call the City of Regina at 306-777-7000 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. You must provide the location of the catch basin or area either by street address or by the nearest intersection.