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Ward 11 News: Preparing for the Upcoming Snow Melt

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With the predicted snow melt, here are some tips to protect your home and your family this weekend:

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.

9. Clean out your back flow prevention valve which should be cleaned every 6 months.
If you have any questions, please contact our office at or if your inquiry requires immediate attention, please contact 311.

This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Ward Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.

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