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Spring snow melt

Freeze-thaw cycles are common during winter months. Melting snow drains from roofs, yards and driveways and can create icy conditions when temperatures freeze again. Melting snow and ice from roadways can build up and plug the gutter causing water to puddle and run up and over sidewalks.

In early spring, underground stormwater pipes from catch basins can freeze. This may cause a blockage and prevent water from draining from streets. If you notice a frozen storm drain please contact Transportation and Agriculture Services through County Connect.

How to manage freeze/thaw conditions

  • Spread sand/gravel to give pedestrians traction. Free rock chips are available throughout Strathcona County.
  • Keep sidewalks and gutters clear of snow
  • Don’t shovel snow on the road to prevent build up around gutters and drains.

Spring stormwater odours

Stormwater moving through the storm drains may have a rotten egg odour due to vegetation breakdown from the stormwater ponds. Once spring thaw is over, the odours will disappear.

You can help!

Keep stormwater drains clear.  Removing snow from catch basins during the winter will help them to work properly in the spring. Clearing debris from catch basins also improved water flow to these areas.

Prepare for the melt. Ensure your eavestrough, sump pump drain and weeping tile are in working order to prepare for the "big thaw." If you notice your sump pump discharge is spilling water out of the riser pipe coming out of the ground next to your house, please contact Utilities at 780-467-7785 as the sump pump discharge line may be frozen.

Transportation and Agriculture Services
Drainage issues
Phone: 780-417-7100

Sump pumps, sewer backup and flooded basements
Phone: 780-467-7785 (24 hrs)

Last updated: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Page ID: 39889