City of Regina reminding residents to prepare for spring melt

The spring weather has arrived, and it looks like it will be sticking around.

With the weather warming up, and a higher than average snowfall this winter (over 90 centimetres according to the City), it is creating very wet conditions all around Regina.

The City of Regina has crews clearing ice and snow on major roads, opening frozen culverts, clearing drainage ditches, and removing snow to create new drainage pathways from areas known to have spring melt challenges. The City is asking for residents’ help with clearing the more than 22,000 storm drains. A map of the storm drains can be found on the City’s website.

The City also reminds residents of steps both inside and outside of their homes to protect their property from melting snow and ice.

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 blocking the water drainage pathway to the basement 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.

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.
  • Clear snow, ice and debris from their neighbourhood storm drain.

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