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Water Week: Unique Montgomery Place Storm Water System

For immediate release: March 23, 2018 - 12:41pm
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Rain and snowmelt drain into street catch basins that lead to an underground storm sewer system in most Saskatoon neighbourhoods. Montgomery Place, however, has a ditch system that helps protect yards and property from flooding during heavy rain and melting snow.

For the system to work properly, it is the responsibility of each homeowner to keep a clear drainage path for the flow of water along the front of their property. Existing and new driveway crossings must follow the guidelines and standards under a Private Driveway Crossing Permit.

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.

 What you can expect from us

  • Keep culverts clear and avoid shovelling snow into ditches for better flow in the spring.
  • Follow guidelines and standards with a Private Driveway Crossing Permit before making any changes to stormwater infrastructure, including ditches and culverts.
  • Work with neighbours to resolve ditch drainage issues.

Correctly answer Water Week Home Flood Protection trivia for a chance to win a $250 City Leisure Gift Card.

 How you can help us

  • City crews inspect and clear major drainage paths and culverts each spring.
  • Driveway and culvert standards can be found at saskatoon.ca (search Culvert Guidelines).
  • Tips on how to reduce your flood risk are listed at saskatoon.ca/waterweek.