RELEASE — The City of Kingston urges residents who live in flood prone areas to be prepared in the event of flooding.
While the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority does not expect widespread flooding at this time, Utilities Kingston reminds residents that every neighbourhood is at risk of basement flooding, even if it’s never happened before.
“Don’t wait until it happens. If you live near water or in a low-lying area, it’s important to have a plan in place, so that you know what to do in the event the forecast indicates that flooding is a possibility. Spring is a wet season. Prepare yourselves and your property now,” says Brandi Timpson, Emergency Preparedness Manager.
Please review the links and messages, below, to help prepare for the possibility of flooding – and follow the City’s Twitter feed @CityofKingston for up-to-the-minute updates should flooding occur.
Flooding forecast links to watch:
- Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority’s Flood Forecasting and Warning page .
- 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 and basement flooding in your neighbourhood. These include:
+ Check your sump pump for proper operation and follow the manufacturer’s maintenance recommendations.
+ Check your sanitary backwater valve, and operate and maintain it according to the manufacturer’s directions.
+ Ensure your downspouts are clear of debris so water routes safely away. Clear a path for the water to run well away from the foundation, or consider an extra length of pipe.
+ Reduce your water use on rainy days. When it’s raining heavily, the sewers may fill up. Using a lot of water during heavy rains (for example, taking a shower or doing laundry) can contribute to basement flooding and overflows to your environment. Consider using less water in extreme weather situations.
+ If you know that a catch basin on your street is covered in debris, we’d appreciate if you could take some time to clear it. This will help make sure that rainwater can enter the storm sewer and promotes good drainage away from your neighbourhood.
What to do if you experience flooding
Entering a flooded basement could be hazardous! When in doubt, don’t enter the flooded area until you are told it is safe by a qualified professional. Utilities Kingston offers instructions on what to do if your basement has flooded. Report your flood or backup using Utilities Kingston’s online reporting form or by calling them at 613-546-0000.