LETHBRIDGE- The city of Lethbridge is asking residents to be proactive when it comes to heavy rainfall.
June is a wet month in southern Alberta, and with rain in the forecast crews want residents to plan ahead.
Here are a few tips the city has suggested for protecting your home and property during the rainy season:
The city also encourages residents to store valuables, photos and important documents somewhere other than the basement, and to find alternate locations for electronics.
If your basement does flood, the city says to check the electrical panel before plugging anything in.
During heavy rain, the city says catch basins can become blocked, and residents are encouraged to help clean out storm sewer grates if they are able to. New subdivisions may encounter orange and red silt control devices at catch basins that are loaded with silt and block the flow.
Residents living in subdivisions constructed after the mid-1990s will experience portions of roadways that flood during rainfall due to a design feature of the storm drainage system.
It is a result of the flow into the storm sewers being controlled so that too much water doesn’t overload the storm sewers. The city says the water will not flood residences. It is designed to only pool to a certain depth, then spill over along the roadway to prevent damage to properties.
If you need assistance from the city you can contact the Public Operations Emergency Response Line at 403-320-3850.