Whenever above average or excessive snowfall or rainfall occurs, Kindersley residents are reminded to consider potential flooding risks in and around their properties and to take steps to minimize the damage.
To some it may appear that preparation work is an over-reaction or blowing a situation out of proportion, however, pre-planning and thinking through “what if” scenarios are the most cost effective methods of addressing any potential emergency.
In the field of emergency management, pre-planning and “what if” scenarios are known as mitigation and preparedness. The Town of Kindersley EMO is actively working on plans to prevent damage and disruption to services that may be caused by potential flooding in the spring.
The Town of Kindersley takes the following actions to minimize damage caused by excess water runoff:
- Ensuring that culverts, catch basins and drainage systems are monitored and operational.
- Completing snow removal in areas of concern in order to reduce potential runoff
- Monitoring ditches during runoff to ensure that water levels do not impact transportation routes
- Ordering additional equipment to ensure that we can meet operational requirements
- Applying to the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority for funds to be used to conduct studies and create engineered solutions at identified problem areas.
Property owners should consider the following ways they can mitigate their own risk of potential water damage from high levels of runoff this spring:
- Check eavestroughs and downspouts to determine if they are filled with snow, or in some cases due to recent weather conditions they may be blocked with ice. Depending upon their condition, once the snow begins to melt you may need to take steps to clear the eavestroughs in order to allow water flow.
- When your eavestroughs and downspouts are flowing, ensure that they extend at least 6’ from your basement walls ....and also ensure that the water will not be draining onto your neighbour’s property.
- If the lot grading around your house slopes in towards the foundation, take the time to clear the snow away from your house which will reduce some of the snow melt from draining towards your basement walls.
- Check your sump pump to ensure that it is functioning and consider scheduling a maintenance check if you have concerns about the working condition.
- Consider installing a back flow valve – you can contact a qualified plumber to discuss options regarding this prevention technique.
- If you already have a back flow valve ensure that the valve is operating properly and that you access it at any time.
- If you have been prone to basement flooding in the past, consider obtaining and installing a backup sump pump.
- Take a look around your basement and consider relocating or protecting items which are irreplaceable. Do you have family photos albums and memorabilia stored in a location potentially affected by basement flooding? Storage in plastic tubs, or relocation to another, drier part of the house might be in order.
- Finally, consider purchasing insurance to cover your belongings in the event of sewer backup.
Snow Disposal Zone
The Town's primary responsibility with regard to snow removal is to keep roads passable so that vehicles can drive with safety. It is the responsibility of property owners to remove snow on property that is not Town-owned, and to ensure that any piled snow does not obstruct the vision of any motorists.
A designated area has been created west of Highway 21 between the Kindersley Waste and Recycle Centre and 6th Avenue West. Residents and businesses are encouraged to haul snow to this area.
Please remember that snow from your property is NOT to be deposited on your neighbour's property.
Saskatchewan Watershed Authority
Other Flooding Assistance and Tips
SaskPower aids in flood preparation
SaskPower has prepared information regarding electrical and gas safety before, during and after a flood. In addition, information is available regarding the safe use of portable generators. This material, along with other useful tips, is available (in pdf form) on the SaskPower website, www.saskpower.com . Electrical and gas contractors will find information regarding flood damaged properties and proper processes for restoration of services.
The Corporation has established a toll free number 1-877-585-3395 for customers who need to obtain flood or account information. As always, emergencies can be reported by calling 310-2220 (toll free).
Prevent Sewer Back up and Basement Flooding
SGI Canada recommends a number of tips to ensure that property owners can maximize their insurance coverage.
- Ensure that ensure there is proper drainage away from homes as most insurance policies do not cover damage due to seepage.
- Use window well covers for below ground windows.
- Ensure proper installation of downspout extensions.
- Install a sump pump to remove excess ground water and replace your pump if it is old and worn out.