Heavy rain expected for Guelph and area

Residents asked to help clear snow from catch basins, storm drains

Guelph, On, February 20, 2014 – Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for Guelph and surrounding area. Between 25 and 50 mm of rain is expected between today and Friday morning with heavier amounts around 9 p.m. tonight.

There is a potential for street flooding where catch basins remain covered with snow and ice. City crews are currently clearing catch basins in areas of the city known to experience flooding. Residents can assist crews by clearing snow from catch basins and storm drains in their neighbourhood. To locate a storm drain on your street, enter your home address into Google maps street view program. To report significant flooding, call 519-837-5628.

The Grand River Conservation Authority also reminds residents that river and creek banks are slippery at this time and when combined with warmer temperatures, pose a serious hazard. Parents are encouraged to keep their children and pets away from all watercourses and off frozen water bodies that may be weakened as a result of the warming trend.

The City reminds residents of the following winter safety tips:

  • Drive according to road conditions and pack an emergency car kit
  • Help keep storm drains and catch basins clear to prevent flooding
  • Be cautious around waterways and ponds
  • To keep roads safe and accessible, do not park across from another vehicle or driveway, and whenever possible, move parked cars off the streets to make room for snow plows
  • When parking on street, residents are reminded to obey Guelph’s traffic by-law and ensure there is at least 3m of clearance on the road—space required for vehicles such as fire trucks and ambulances to pass safety
  • If you’re able, please help clear sidewalks near your property. Seniors and residents with a physical disability who require assistance shoveling can call Snow Angels at 519-822-1155
  • Place garbage carts/bags at the curb on the morning of collection (by 6:30 a.m.) rather than the night before. Do not place waste on top of snow banks or on the road as these pose obstacles to the City’s snow clearing operations. Instead shovel a spot for your carts or bags, or place them in the driveway 1m back from the road
  • Keep fire hydrants clear of snow

The City’s winter maintenance service helps ensure community safety every day, and in the event of extreme weather.

The City will continue to provide updates to the community, and invites people to subscribe to updates using Twitter or Facebook.

For more information

Rodney Keller
General Manager
Public Works
519-822-1260 extension 2949