Hamilton residents urged to take precautions as city braces for wet weather

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Published September 21, 2021 at 1:38 pm

With all the rain expected across the city this week, the City of Hamilton is taking extra precautions to help mitigate the potential for flooding and is urging residents to take preventative steps as well.

In a special weather statement issued Tuesday morning (Sept. 21), Environment Canada warned that some parts of the city could see rainfall amounts upwards of 40 to 60 mm by early Thursday morning. Even higher amounts can be expected in areas that receive multiple thunderstorms.

The forecast has prompted city crews to clear catch basins and inspect Hamilton’s flooding hotspots.

“The City is also reminding residents to take steps to prevent flooding in and around their homes, and be cautious around all bodies of water,” a press release said.

The following tips are for residents looking to reduce the risk of flooding:

  • Keep catch basins in front of your home clear of debris such as leaves or garbage. ‎
  • Inspect and clean your eavestroughs and downspouts to ensure they aren’t blocked with leaves or debris.
  • If your home has a backwater valve installed, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning to ensure that it is functioning properly.
  • Check your sump pump to make sure it is working properly.
  • If your home or area is prone to flooding you may want to consider ensuring any valuables are up off of basement floors.

Under these kinds of conditions, the City warns that road flooding and/or ponding in low lying areas such as backyards and drainage areas is possible.

“Residents should exercise caution around all bodies of water including near creeks, bridges, culverts and dams, and to keep children and pets away from bodies of water,” the release said.

“Motorists should be cautious if driving on flooded roads.”

According to Environment Canada, all this rainfall is due to a cold front and a moisture-laden low-pressure weather system that will be arriving from the U.S. mid-west this week.

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