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Flood warnings have been issued by the city's public works department and the Hamilton Conservation Authority.

City warns of the risks of melting snow and ice this weekend

Hamilton’s public works department is offering tips to avoid flooding trouble as a spike in temperatures and the possibility of rain over the next few days could lead to trouble with water.

Melting snow and ice may cause flooding in some areas of the city, the city warns. While some Hamilton roads crews are continuing clean-up efforts across the city, some have now switched gears to focus on preparing for the milder temperatures this weekend. Crews are working proactively to clear catch basins and inspect flooding hot spots across the city.

There has been a spike in the number of water main breaks this week due to the extreme weather and the dramatic temperature change may result in more breaks over the next few days, the city warns, but it will its our best to fix any problems as quickly as possible.

The public works department offers these helpful tips on how to reduce the risk of flooding in your homes and properties:

  • Keep catch basins clear of snow, ice and debris and uncover fire hydrants near your home.
  • 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 consider ensuring any valuables are up off of basement floors.
  • Keep your eaves troughs clean. When your eaves troughs are blocked, the rain 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 weeping tile, this water could enter your home.

Call 905-546-CITY to report flooding over roadways, debris in drainage ditches or culverts, or a broken water main.

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