Lethbridge City and County crews prepare for snow melt in the coming days

By Lara Fominoff @LaraFominoff on Twitter
March 9, 2018 - 2:09pm

LETHBRIDGE - With temperatures forecast to rise well above zero degrees Celcius over the next week, The City of Lethbridge has a crew ready to help clear areas that may become flooded.

City Water and Wastewater Operations Manager Adam Campbell, says they've been monitoring the weather all week, and mother nature seems to be on their side so far with just a few trouble spots.

"We've already started receiving a few calls about flooding in and around intersections. So, we have a crew basically available to work on this, proactively cleaning up areas, as well as reactively going to trouble spots that are reported to us."

Campbell says the employees at the water treatment plant are also on alert to watch out for any ice jams that could build up.

He says basements in some areas can also flood in these conditions and he's reminding home owners, to make sure their sump pumps are working.

"There's all sorts of city drainage problems that happen, but you know, lot drainage is also a thing. And with all the snow in your backyard and whatnot, it may or may not be coming through your sump pump. And if it's not working properly, you're probably going to have problems."

If anyone is concerned about flooded areas or sees some trouble spots over the next week or so, they're asked to contact the Public Operations Office at 403-320-3850, and they'll send someone out to try and clear the areas.

Outside of the city, Lethbridge County crews will be on the lookout for flooded areas. According to a news release, workers are proactively attending to areas that may become flooded because of melting snow and ice in ditches. They'll also be on standby over the weekend for any emergency flooding situations.

If there are indications that water is backing up and there's potential for property damage, residents are asked to contact the Public Works emergency line at 403-328-5525 and follow the voice prompts. They are asked not to message the county via social media because the accounts aren't always monitored. 

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