Be Prepared in the Event of Spring Flooding

Published on: 2021/03/17 - in News

Residents who live in flood-prone areas are being advised to be prepared in the event of flooding. Although Cataraqui Conservation states widespread flooding is not expected at this time, the City says every neighbourhood is at risk of basement flooding, even if it’s never happened before.

“Flooding is one of the costliest natural hazards in Ontario. Don’t wait until it happens,” said Brandi Timpson, Emergency Preparedness Manager. “If you live near water or in a low-lying area, it’s important to have a plan in place. Spring is a wet season. Prepare yourselves and your property now.”

Residents have access to a variety of flooding forecast sources that include Cataraqui Conservation’s Flood Forecasting and Warning page and Provincial Lake Ontario Flood Watch updates.

City and Utilities Kingston Flood-related resources:

* The City’s Flooding page explains what to do before, during and after a flood.
* The City’s Emergency Management page offers information on how to be prepared for risks facing the Kingston region – including extreme weather.
* Utilities Kingston offers “Flood Facts” that explain how to reduce the likelihood of sewer back-ups in your neighbourhood. These include:

  • Having a plumber regularly inspect your sewer lateral.
  • Disposing of kitchen fats, oils and greases (FOGs) in your Green Bin and not down your drain.
  • Checking your sump pump and sanitary backwater valve for proper operation and following the manufacturer’s maintenance recommendations.
  • Ensuring your downspouts are clear of debris so water routes safely away.
  • Reducing your use of water on rainy days.

Community members are reminded that entering a flooded basement could be hazardous. When in doubt, do not enter the flooded area until you are told it is safe by a qualified professional.

Utilities Kingston has provided instructions on what to do if your basement has flooded and you can report a flood or backup using Utilities Kingston’s online reporting form or by phoning 613-546-0000.

Photo (cropped): Betty Longbottom (pd)