In Regina, the annual spring melt has two parts. First local snow melts, causing runoff throughout the city. Approximately two weeks later, melt water from east of Regina flows through the city and causes water levels in Wascana Lake and Wascana Creek to rise.
If necessary, the City’s spring melt action plans include:
- Clearing curbside drains (catch basins),
- Ice breakup at Wascana Creek crossings,
- Temporary pumping, and
- Temporary dyking.
Residents can help by making sure their neighbourhood catch basin is clear and draining properly.To find a catch basin in your neighbourhood, the City suggests using the street view of Google Maps or contact the city directly.
Reporting blocked catch basins
You should report blocked catch basins when the water that has accumulated may be hazardous or can cause significant property damage.
To report a blocked catch basin, use the City’s online Contact Us form or call the City of Regina at 306-777-7000 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. You must provide the location of the catch basin, either by street address or by intersection.
It may take a while for crews to come out as all requests are prioritized according to severity/the priority street plan and completed on that basis.
Tips for homeowners
The City encourages residents to guard against spring melt in their basements. Here are some tips to help you stay dry:
- Continue to clear ice and snow off your neighbourhood catch basin and make sure it is draining properly.
- Move snow away from your home so it will drain away from the foundation.
- Clear channels in the ice/snow to allow melt water to drain away.
- Ensure downspouts are extended so they discharge rain or meltwater at least two meters away from the foundation.
- Check to make sure your sump pump is working. If you don’t have a sump pump, consider installing one. Contact a plumber for assistance if required.
- Consider installing a mainline Sewer Backwater Valve to protect against sewer backup if you don’t have one.
- Keep basement sewer caps in place.
- Check your basement regularly for signs of water and consider installing a water-sensing alarm.
For more information please visit the City of Regina website