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Dealing with melting snow

Warm spring weather combined with the large amount of snow received this winter will likely result in significant snow melt and this could create challenges for all of us.

Here are some tips to protect your home and your family:

  1. Shovel snow away from the foundation of your home and window wells to prevent seepage into your basement.
  2. If you are moving or piling snow, check furnace and exhaust vents to make sure snow and ice are not blocking them. Carbon monoxide can build up within your home as a result.
  3. Ensure your downspouts (eavestroughs) are clear and pointed away from your home/foundation.
  4. Once the snow begins to melt and the storm drain is visible, clear snow away from the storm drain.
  5. If the storm drain is iced over, do not try to remove it yourself. Call 311 and a crew will clear the ice for you. Don’t chip away at ice on storm drains as you may damage it or injure yourself.
  6. If water pools by the storm drain, give it 90 minutes to drain. The City of Calgary has special devices in the storm drains that allow the water to drain slowly and not overload the stormwater system.
  7. If you see pooled water on a roadway, be careful – don’t drive through deep water as you can’t see potentials risks or conditions that might be unsafe.
  8. Check the function of your sump pump.

Snow and ice plugging your storm drain

If it's safe and possible to do, we recommend that you clear ice and snow that's blocking your storm drain to help water flow. If you are unable to clear the ice and snow yourself, please call 311 or fill out the online 311 request below.

Water - Storm Drain Concerns

Please note: Do not attempt to clean a catch basin if it's submerged in water, if the drain is full of debris or if the grate is damaged. Please call 311.

Storm drain locations in Calgary

Storm Drain Locations