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City of Edmonton Dealing with Heavy Rainfall Volume

June 20, 2011

The City of Edmonton is responding to the effects of intense rainfall across the city the past few days.

Up to 90 mm of rain fell on some parts of Edmonton between June 18 and June 20. The volume of the rain and the debris it swept along has clogged some catch basins, leading to isolated flooding. The North Saskatchewan River is not expected to crest over its banks.

The average rainfall total for the month of June is 87 mm.

“The City’s sewer system can handle seasonal rainfall,” said Leo Girard, Director of Drainage Services for the City of Edmonton. “When heavy rainfall occurs over a short period of time, it will pool temporarily. This is a situation we are completely prepared to deal with.”

Residents are advised to call 311 to report any pooling of water. Drainage Services will dispatch a crew to investigate.

Other effects of the high rainfall include:

Roads

The eastbound and westbound curb lanes of 98 Avenue at 91 Street have been closed. Motorists are advised to detour using Rowland Road (Dawson Bridge) in order to avoid major delays.

Parks

All low-lying river valley trails and boat launches will remain closed until the water level decreases. Sports fields have also been closed.

Residents are advised to exercise caution around the river and river banks which are unstable due to the high rainfall.

Advice for homeowners

Flooded basements are the homeowner’s responsibility and they should contact their insurance regarding basement flooding issues.

The City offers a subsidy towards the installation of backflow valves to prevent flooding due to sanitary sewer backup. Residents must report flooding to 311 when it occurs in order to access the program.

For more information:

Online Contact 311 Online
Telephone

In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

TTY 780-944-5555
Email 311@edmonton.ca