Spring Flood Prevention Tips
With warmer temperatures continuing into the weekend, the City wants to provide homeowners with helpful tips to protect their property against spring flooding:
Outside the Home:
- Clear snow at least six feet away from the foundation.
- Extend all downspouts and sump pump hoses at least six feet away from the foundation.
- Remove any debris or snow from any window wells.
Inside the Home:
- Test sump pumps and backflow prevention valves to ensure they are working properly. If you do not have either of these, consider installing them.
- Remove items that are blocking the water drainage pathway to the floor drain.
- Store valuables in watertight containers or raise them off the basement floor.
- Store hazardous materials in watertight containers or remove them from the basement.
- Raise electronics off the basement floor.
City crews have already begun to open blocked and frozen storm drains. The City prioritizes work on frozen storm drains based on the level of risk to public safety or the risk of property damage.
With over 22,000 storm drains in the city, residents are encouraged to help keep meltwater flowing freely by clearing snow, ice and debris from their neighbourhood storm drains. Every open drain provides an additional path for melting ice and snow to enter the storm drainage system.
Residents are reminded to stay safe and keep their children and pets away from storm channels, creeks, retention ponds and Wascana Lake as the ice melts.
To locate a storm drain or learn more about flood prevention, visit Regina.ca.