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Ward 5 News: Clearing Storm Drains

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The importance of keeping storm drains draining

In 2015, there were more than1,600 service requests related to storm drains and drainage concerns – 73 of those were related to concerns in Ward 5. In 2014, a whopping 5,036 service requests were received by The City, with the majority of its storm drain –or ‘catch basin’- calls historically received in March.

Rainwater and melting snow from sidewalks, streets and roads are drawn into catch basins or storm drains, located at the edge of the sidewalks and flow into our storm system, eventually into our rivers. One way to help keep your sidewalks and roads safe is to create a pathway for the melting snow to drain to the storm drains.  
“Citizens can help prevent street pooling by clearing ice and compacted snow away from storm drain when the weather turns warmer,” says John Headley, leader Asset Assessment with Water Services.
 “Citizens can, if safe to do so, clear the channel along the gutter so that the snowmelt can drain into the catch basin.” At times, street debris or debris from wind, rain or hail storms (branches, leaves etc.) may block storm drains, as well. If this debris is sitting on the surface of the drain, and it is safe to do so, it can be removed to allow for water to drain more easily.  

Storm drains are the main way water gets into the underground pipe system. The metal grates that can be seen at the edge of the road are only a portion of the structure which is primarily under ground. Under the grates is a barrel that collects the water. The barrel is attached to a pipe that allows the water to be whisked away and eventually deposited in the river. 

If you are unable to clear the ice and snow yourself, please call 311 or fill out the online 311 request

Visit Storm drains in Calgary for further information.


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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