The City of Regina is working to clear out catch basins in the city.
With around 22,000 basins across Regina, making sure each one is cleared out to drain the spring melt is quite the challenge.
Helene Henning-Hill from the city says due to the freeze-thaw cycle, some catch basins are needing to be redone.
“The catch basins that were previously opened at the top are now starting to freeze at the bottom, so we may sometimes have to go out two or three times to the same location to ensure that catch basin stays open, so that is causing us some problems.”
Henning-Hill says in some areas, a natural thaw may have to do.
“If it’s a nuisance problem, people have called saying they have a ‘lake in front of my property,’ as long as it’s not doing property damage, we’re asking people to be patient,” Henning-Hill says. “Weather has caused this problem, and weather will actually solve this problem hopefully; if the weather man is right and we get to double-digits for a couple days here, those catch basins will open on their own.”
Henning-Hill also says mobility issues and property damage are first priority areas in the city, so people who are in those areas should contact the city and tell them about the problem if that’s the case in your area.