City Crews removing snow in targeted areas
With warmer temperatures the City of Prince Albert is encouraging residents to consider the things they can do to prepare their home for spring run-off to avoid water getting into their basements:
- Clear snow buildup away from basement window wells and your home’s foundation.
- Eavestroughs (gutters) should be cleared of ice and other obstructions to prevent overflowing and ensure melting snow flows properly
- Water should be drained at least 6 feet from outside walls and run onto land that allows it to flow away from the house
- Ice ridges and snow build-up on the ground that is stopping water from draining onto the streets should be removed.
- Ensure your weeping tile sump and sump pump are operational.
- Ensure your sewer back flow valve is in working order.
Residents can visit http://citypa.ca/Residents/Homes-and-Properties/Basement-Flooding-Spring-Runoff for more information.
Melting snow from rooftops should be drained away from the house and onto streets and lanes. Please be considerate of your neighbours and prevent water from draining onto their property. Property owners are reminded it is unlawful to clear snow from their yards and add it the streets as this could block drains.
Targeted Snow Removal
Operations are also underway to remove snow in targeted areas of the city known to have water run-off issues. This work has already started and will continue over the next several weeks. Motorists should continue to watch for lane closures/traffic restrictions on major roadways and heavy snow equipment in cul-du-sacs.
The City is not responsible for water issues resulting from snowmelt that has accumulated on private property, but will respond if water from city streets or lanes is posing a direct threat to property.
Residents experiencing significant water pooling problems on their street can report the issue to the Public Works Department at 953-4900 or by sending an email through Report a Problem on the City’s website.
For more information please contact Public Works at (306) 953-4900