Flood Preparedness/Spring Runoff Awareness
Saskatchewan has experienced a warmer and drier winter than normal. Generally most of the province is looking at a below normal snow pack for this time of year, but there are some areas in the east central region north of Yorkton up to Hudson Bay and west over to Nipawin where the snow pack is near normal.
Some areas in east central Saskatchewan had more water on the landscape than normal going into winter freeze up and should expect near normal runoff. There is also an area extending from Yorkton to Last Mountain Lake that may see above normal runoff based on the current conditions.
Spring Drainage - What is the City Doing?
Annual cleaning and inspection of City storm drains and catch-basins gets underway as soon as conditions allow..
City crews are working to ensure major drainage systems are operational in your neighborhood. As snow melts the City will concentrate its effort in the following order:
How you can help out
Saskatchewan Water Security Agency
The runoff projections based on the most recent forecast.
Preparing for a Flood
Cleaning up After a Flood
Yorkton Snow Removal 2015
Twenty per cent of the city's $630,000 snow removal budget for 2016 has been spent to date. The remainder is allocated for the upcoming snow season this fall.
Yorkton Snow Facts
Snow removal and ice control is carried out on:
Yorkton has an annual budget of $100,000 for salting and sanding of streets and urban connectors (like York Road and Highway #9 within the City limits). Our objective is to lower the use of road salt by implementing new ice and sand control guidelines for the next snow season.
In 2015, the annual operating budget for drainage improvements was $238,000. $200,000 was spent out of the Capital Budget to twin the Henderson storm water line from Dracup Avenue to 5th Ave. North. This project is to be completed in 2016.
$55,100 of the annual drainage budget was used to employ contractors with excavators capable of cleaning drainage ditches throughout and surrounding the City. This dollar allotment allows for only a small portion of the City’s open ditch network to be cleaned on an annual basis.
Approximately $40,000 is also used annually to clean catch-basins throughout the year. This includes cleaning culverts and removing beaver dams and obstructions as required. Pumping of problematic and recurring flood areas is also included under this amount.
$140,000 was used for critical tasks such as repairing collapsed storm mains, replacement of damaged catch-basins and flushing priority problem spots. Almost all of these repairs occur following actual system failure and are primarily reactive maintenance measures.
In 2014, $2.08 M was spent on drainage improvements throughout the city, including the Dracup Avenue drainage channel from Darlington Street to north of York Road, a major bottleneck for drainage in the city. Three large storm system upgrades in flood prone areas cost $41,400. The drainage budget was increased from $198,500 in 2012 to $491,000 in 2014.
Photos of Drain Cleaning Equipment and Typical Problems
Storm Water Management - System Improvements
Storm Sewer Facts
Sask Power has tips on what to do before, during and after a flood to protect your family and property
Assiniboine Watershed Stewardship Association
General Watershed Information - lake and stream levels on various points that have automatic gauges
Some SGI Links on what to do to prevent some common water problems
How to make an Insurance Claim
Contact your insurance broker directly to file your claim.
Flooding Equipment Suppliers