If you’re planning on visiting the Lewis household anytime soon, you’d better be wearing a pair of rubber boots. There’s water on the street in front of our house, and lots of it! It’s not unlike a lot of city streets right now.
Yesterday afternoon I thought I’d go out and chip the ice from the catch basin to let all the water run down the sewer. So I went out to the shed and grabbed a crowbar. It’s hard to believe that only days ago there must have been nearly a foot of snow blocking the doors to the shed.
I grabbed the crowbar and headed out front to get this job done. I couldn’t see the catch basin, but I know exactly where it’s at. I got to work with the crowbar making sure the ice was chipped away and all the holes were unplugged so the water could find an escape route from the street. Well, there was no ice at all on the grate and all the holes were unplugged. For some reason the water just wasn’t draining. I remembered having the same problem last fall. At that time, the grate was cleared of leaves and debris, yet the water still didn’t drain.
So, doing all I could do, I went in and called the City of Regina, just like I did last fall. When I explained the problem to the lady on the other end of the phone, she asked for patience because city crews were working around the city to find and clear the catch basins. I told her that I know where my catch basin was and that it was totally clear, but it just wasn’t draining the water. She then asked me to give it a couple of days and if the water was still there to call back. Fair enough. That was the same response I got when I called in the fall.
When my wife came home from work yesterday, she parked on the other side of the street and then tiptoed her way to our sidewalk. If she had of parked in her usual spot, she would have stepped in a few inches of water the moment she got out of her vehicle. I must admit, I would have gotten a laugh or two out of that!
Short of running out and buying 200 bottles of Liquid Plummer, there’s not a darn thing I can do about this.
Maybe today at lunch I’ll run out and buy a sub, and I’m not talking about the sandwich!