Flooding Concerns Due to Thaw
With our City thawing out from the cold snap last week, melting snow and rain can lead to flooding and clogged sewers. According to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, frozen ground is unable to absorb water and snow, and run-off immediately flows to the sewers. Ice can also block storm drains and streams. As a result, flooding may occur when the sewer system becomes overwhelmed from the combination of normal sewage flow, rain water and snow melt.
Here are some tips to minimize flooding in your area:
- Make sure storm drains are clear and not buried under snow drifts.
- If your home has a backwater valve installed on the sewer, 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 remove valuable items from basement floors.
- Keep your gutters clear. When they are blocked, water will pour over the edges, landing on the ground next to your home. If you have cracks in the concrete wall of your basement or problems with your tile, this water could enter your home.
If you see flooding, report it to 311 immediately.