Flood Information for Homeowners

There are many things you as a homeowner can do to protect your property from flooding by stormwater drainage.

No matter where you live your basement could be at risk of flooding. Why?

  • Heavy rain that falls over short periods of time can overwhelm storm and sewer systems.
  • Even if you haven’t had problems with flooding before, your home can still be at risk.

How can I protect my home from flooding?

  • Clear eavestroughs, downspouts and catch basins of leaves and other debris that may keep water from draining.
  • Keep your drain system clean and in good repair.
  • Fix leaks in walls, floors, windows or foundations.
  • Check for moisture along the walls and floor. Fill and seal any visible cracks.
  • Make sure that no garbage, leaves, ice or other debris blocks storm sewer or catch basin grates on or near your property.

What do I need to do during a flood?

Make sure your downspouts drain water about 1.2 metres (4 feet) away from basement walls. Ensure the water doesn’t drain onto your neighbours' properties.

Sand Bags for Residents

We have a self-serve sand bag station with everything you'll need.

  • We provide the set up: sand, burlap bags and a shovel. 
    • You fill them up and take them away.
  • Location: Saanich Public Works Yard, 1040 McKenzie Avenue.
  • For residents only. Delivery is not available.
  • Check-in at Public Works Reception for more information.

What do I need to do when the sewer or drains back up?

You, the homeowner, have several responsibilities.

  • You must determine where the blockage is located within the sewer connection. It doesn’t matter if it’s on private or public property.
  • Call a plumber right away.
  • If your plumber clearly identifies the blockage is on our side, contact Public Works at 250-475-5599. The plumber must stay on site.
  • You must take the first steps to reduce damage to your property. Remove undamaged items from the area to prevent damages.