How to avoid flooding as the snow melts in Hamilton

At long last, the snow and ice is starting to melt. Now there’s a new issue — how to avoid flooding.
The snow and ice is finally melting. Now there's a new danger - flooding. The city offers some tips on how to guard against it. (Courtesy Erin Court)

At long last, the snow and ice is starting to melt. Now there’s a new issue — how to avoid flooding.

It's been a tough winter. February was the coldest February on record. Hundreds of homes have spent days without water because of frozen pipes caused by frigid temperatures. 

Temperatures will be above zero all week. The city offers the following tips for how to avoid flooding:

  • Keep catch basins clear of snow, ice and debris and uncover fire hydrants near your home.
  • If your home has a backwater valve installed on the sewer, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning to ensure that it is functioning properly.
  • Check your sump pump to make sure it is working properly.
  • If your home or area is prone to flooding, ensure valuables are up off the basement floor.
  • Keep your eaves troughs clean. When they’re blocked, rain will pour over the edges and land on the ground next to your home. If you have cracks in the concrete wall of your basement or problems with your weeping tile, the water could enter your home.

City crews are still responding to frozen water services across the city and will keep doing so until every issue is solved, the city says. The dramatic temperature change may result in more water mains breaking in the city over the next few days.

To report flooding over roadways or debris in drainage ditches or culverts, or a broken water main, call 905-546-CITY.

Here's the weather forecast for the next few days:

  • Monday: Sunny. High 6 C.
  • Monday night: A few clouds. Fog patches developing after midnight. Low -4 C.
  • Tuesday: A mix of sun and cloud. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. High 8 C.
  • Wednesday: Sunny. Low -1 C. High 8 C.
  • Thursday: A mix of sun and cloud. Low -6 C. High 1 C.


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