2014 Flood Prevention Steps

Spring Run-off predictions continue to be higher than average in this area of the province, however less than last year (so far).

Residents are reminded that flood prevention in their homes and yards is their responsibility, and that steps can be taken now to reduce the risk of a snowmelt flood in their basements. If the snow melts quickly, some homes may be at risk of flooding even if they’ve never flooded before. 

Some flood prevention involves snow shovelling which is heavy work. Those with health concerns should get help from friends, family, neighbours, or professionals. Health permitting, consider moving small amounts of snow over several days so it’s not such a big job. 

Here are some tips to help residents reduce the risk of a snowmelt flood in their homes:

  • Remove snow from around your home’s foundation and window wells.
  • Most lots drain along the outside edges. Remove snow from these areas.
  • Keep the snow in your yard because shovelling it on to streets or lanes could block drainage.
  • Clear snow and ice from around the bottom of your downspouts and extend downspouts at least two metres so water drains away from your foundation.
  • Check your roof and eavestroughs for excessive snow.
  • Consider hiring a professional to clear snow from your roof.
  • A roof rake may help you to clear snow and debris from the edge of your roof.
  • Consider using sandbags to block water from entering low lying areas beside your foundation.
  • If water is getting close to your foundation, use an appropriate pump to drain it to the gutter or back lane.
  • Please use all equipment properly and follow safety guidelines. 

If residents have questions or concerns about flood prevention for their homes, they should contact a professional.

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