Brandon homeowners are being offered some help to better protect their basements from flooding.

The city is following Winnipeg's lead in offering a sump pump and backwater valve subsidy program to residents.

The City of Brandon and the Manitoba government will subsidize up to 60 per cent of the cost of installing the units to protect basements from sewer backup in the event of a spring flood.

The coverage — up to $1,000 for a backwater valve and up to $2,000 for a sump pump and pit — is identical to the one announced in January by Premier Greg Selinger and Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz.

Brandon officials have said priority will be given to homes most at risk.

Mayor Shari Decter Hirst said in mid-January that the Assiniboine River corridor, which houses a number of commercial and residential areas, has been identified as being vulnerable to significant flooding this spring.

As well, housing developments at the south end of the city are in an area prone to overland flooding.