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Preparing for Spring Runoff

The spring runoff potential for Saskatchewan is issued by the Water Security Agency. Communities and residents in the projected high runoff zone should begin to prepare for potential spring runoff.

Flooding of a home, business or infrastructure such as a water treatment facility can have devastating and long-term consequences. The Province of Saskatchewan will continue to provide support and advice to your community.

Steps Municipalities Can Take to Prepare

If you are an administrative official and your community requires assistance to prepare for the potential spring runoff, including ordering flood supplies and equipment, please contact the Ministry of Government Relations, Emergency Management and Fire Safety at: 306-787-9563.

Steps Homeowners Can Take to Prepare

Each year, the Government of Saskatchewan's Water Security Agency will release its forecast for the upcoming spring runoff. Although the forecast is a general guide for large areas, it may identify any areas where there is a potential threat of higher than normal water levels.

The best way to meet the challenges of spring runoff is to be well prepared. Some suggested mitigative actions to prevent flooding are to:

  • Clear neighbourhood storm water catch basins, where present, to help water drain.
  • Shovel or remove snow from around your home and move it to a position where melt water will drain away from the foundation. This will help melt water drain into the appropriate system in your town or city and possibly relieve pressure on waste water systems.
  • Clear channels in the ice/snow to allow melt water to drain away more effectively from your home.
    Ensure downspouts are extended so they discharge rain or melt away from your home. This will help prevent the water from draining back towards your foundation. The suggested minimum distance is two metres.
  • Check to make sure your sump pump is working. If you don't have a sump pump consider installing one. Contact a plumber for assistance, if required.
  • Determine if any private wells could be infiltrated by flood water and consider the adequacy of wellhead protection and the security of the well's power supply.
  • Consider installing a mainline Sewer Backwater Valve to protect against sewer backup.
  • Keep basement sewer caps in place.
  • Check your basement regularly for signs of water and consider installing a water‐sensing alarm.

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