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Severe weather ahead: Tips on how residents can avoid flooding on their properties

HAMILTON, ON - With heavy rain, strong winds and possible freezing rain in the forecast this weekend, the City of Hamilton is preparing to respond to potential flooding, downed trees, icy roads or other hazardous conditions. The City is also reminding residents to take steps to prevent flooding in and around their homes, and be cautious around all bodies of water.

City crews are working proactively to clear catch basins and inspect flooding hot spots across Hamilton, and the City is providing the following tips for residents to reduce the risk of flooding:

  • Keep catch basins in front of your home clear of snow and ice, or other debris. ‎
  • If your home has a backwater valve installed, 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 you may want to consider ensuring any valuables are up off of basement floors.

Conditions may result in road flooding and/or ponding in low lying areas such as backyards and drainage areas. Residents should exercise caution around all bodies of water including near creeks, bridges, culverts and dams, and to keep children and pets away from bodies of water. Motorists should be cautious if driving on flooded roads.

Please call 905-546-2489 to report sewer back-ups, flooding over roadways, fallen trees or debris in drainage ditches or culverts.