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Mild Temperatures Accelerate Snow Melt

For immediate release: March 21, 2018 - 2:00pm
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Recent milder temperatures have caused snow to begin melting in and around homes and neighbourhoods. Every home is at risk of flooding, even if your home hasn't flooded before. The single best way to reduce the risk of flooding in homes is to direct meltwater away from properties. Directing meltwater away from homes and onto roadways will help it follow the designed path into storm sewer pipes and out of neighbourhoods.

March 19-25 is Canada Water Week. Knowing key seasons and weather patterns when the risk for flooding is at its highest plays an important role in avoiding flooding. A fast spring snowmelt or a heavy summer rain can cause any home to flood. Reduce your flood risks by taking advance precautions.

  How you can help

  • Remove snow from around your foundation. Pay particular attention to the areas around window wells.
  • Check your roof and eavestroughs for excess snow. A roof rake may help to clear the snow and debris from the edge of your roof or consider hiring a professional.
  • Clean and extend downspouts at least two metres from homes.
  • Call the 24-hour Customer Service Centre at 306-975-2476 if you have flooding in your home or neighbourhood.

 What you can expect from us

  • For more information on spring snowmelt, visit saskatoon.ca/snow. 
  • Tips on how to reduce your flood risk are listed on the City website at saskatoon.ca/waterweek.
  • Watch the City’s Facebook page for Home Flood Protection questions and your chance to win a $250 City Leisure Gift Card.