Warmer weather is on its way to the North Okanagan, and while it may be a relief from the winter cold, it could also bring some unexpected challenges. The melting snow may cause localized flooding and block catch basins, causing standing water on the streets.
To avoid potential flooding, the city of Vernon is urging residents to keep their catch basins clear of snow. Utility crews are working diligently to clear the basins, but it’s everyone’s responsibility to ensure that the water can easily drain.
Instead of shoveling snow onto the roads, residents are encouraged to clear their own sidewalks and driveways, allowing the melting snow to flow onto their properties. This will significantly reduce the chances of catch basins getting blocked and prevent localized flooding.
If you’re unsure where the catch basins are located or notice pooling water in your area, don’t hesitate to contact the city’s utilities department for assistance. They will be happy to guide you and address any concerns you may have.
It’s not just catch basins that require attention. To ensure fire safety, make sure that hydrants near your properties are also cleared of snow and easily accessible. Every effort counts in keeping our community safe.
As city crews and contractors continue to work tirelessly to tackle the snow and ice-related issues, remember to drive safely and obey all traffic control devices and personnel.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation in making our community a safer place during the winter season. For more information on the city’s snow and ice program, visit vernon.ca/cleartheway.
Stay safe and enjoy the warmer weather!
(Please note that this article has been rewritten for OKDAILY and the information here is relevant to the Okanagan and Similkameen area in British Columbia, Canada.)