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.
- Emergency assistance information for flooding, drainage and sewer backup.
- Flooding, Drainage and Sewer Backup Brochure [PDF - 909 KB]
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.