Spring Runoff / Flood Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness

See Also…

Public Works

 Water & Sewer Division

 Roads & Streets Division

Spring Runoff Awareness/Flood Preparedness


Spring Drainage - What Does The City Do?

Annual cleaning and inspection of City storm drains and catch-basins gets underway as soon as conditions allow.

City crews work to ensure major drainage systems are operational in your neighborhood.  As snow melts the City concentrates its efforts in the following order:

  • Clearing of open drainage channels
  • Clearing of storm water detention area intakes
  • Ensuring culverts are open
  • Opening catch-basins (storm water collection areas)
  • Flushing storm piping
  • Pumping water from City owned vacant lots into the storm system

How You Can Help Out

  • Clear gutters and neighbourhood catch basins of leaves, garbage, other debris, or snow to help water drain and prevent flooding in your neighborhood.
  • Shovel or remove snow from around your home and move it so it snow melt will drain away from the foundation.
  • Clear channels in the ice/snow to allow melt water to drain away.
  • Ensure downspouts are extended so they discharge rain or meltwater at least two meters away from the foundation.
  • Check to make sure your sump pump is working. If you don’t have a sump pump, consider installing one. Contact a plumber for assistance if required.
  • Consider installing a mainline Sewer Backwater Valve to protect against sewer backup if you don’t have one. Be sure you check it regularly to ensure it is in working order. 
  • Keep basement sewer caps in place.
  • Check your basement regularly for signs of water and consider installing a  water-sensing alarm.
  • If you pump your lot, please be considerate not to cause significant disruption to drainage on public streets.

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 

$350,000 was spent in 2018 for Snow Removal. 

Yorkton Snow Facts

     Snow removal and ice control is carried out on:

  • 170 lineal km of City streets
  • 15 lineal km of multi-lane highways
  • 80 km of boulevard sidewalk
  • 85 bus stops
  • 600 fire hydrants
  • 13 City parking lots
  • 10 km of back lanes

Ice Control

Yorkton spent $150,000 for salting and sanding of streets and urban connectors (like York Road and Highway #9 within the City limits) in 2018. 

Drainage Improvements

In 2018 the City spent $390,000 on drainage improvements through the City. 

Photos of Drain Cleaning Equipment and Typical Problems 

Storm Sewer Facts

  • The storm network is 53km in length.
  • Sections of the storm sewer system are being inspected each year to determine their condition, and repairs are made based on budget allocations. 
  • Catch basin repair is an ongoing annual procedure.  In 2017 The City budgeted for replacement of 10 catch basins annually.  The city has a total of 1000 catch basins. 

Sask Power

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

Overland Flood Insurance and the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program

How to make an Insurance Claim

Contact your insurance broker directly to file your claim.

Flooding Equipment Suppliers