Prepare for Spring Thaw

13-Mar-2019

The City's operations crews, in partnership with community stakeholders, are actively monitoring the spring thaw.

Operations crews and contractors have been actively thawing frozen culverts, clearing storm grates and removing snow from ditches to address ponding issues. The City will continue to address snow bank removal at intersections and major roadways. 

With the onset of rain and milder temperatures, there are things you can do to help reduce the potential of basement flooding:

•    Check your sump pump to ensure it is operating correctly.
•    Check your sump pit to ensure it is not blocked by debris.
•    Reposition your downspout, if possible, to direct water away from the foundation and neighbouring properties.
•    Assist city crews if possible by ensuring catch basins near your property are clear of snow, ice, leaves and debris.
•    Move valuables stored on basement floors to a safe location if you are concerned about basement flooding.

In the case of basement flooding, be sure to protect yourself from electrical shock. Never enter standing water unless you’re sure the main power has been shut off. Contact your hydro and gas utility providers for disconnects, if necessary. 

The City of Greater Sudbury offers a flood preparedness package and information on the importance of a 72-hour portable emergency kit at www.greatersudbury.ca/emergencymanagement

Streams continue to flow through the winter and will now be starting to thaw. For your safety, stay away from waterways and educate children on the dangers of fast flowing water. 

Residents can visit www.conservationsudbury.ca for updated flood advisory information.