The Town of Indian Head

The Town Public Works crew will be and have been very busy with this year’s spring melt/runoff.  Some of the jobs that they will be performing at this time are as follows:

  • Slush on the roadways will continue to be pushed to the edges of the roads by the Town grader to improve the roadways throughout the melt. 
  • The clearing of storm sewer catch basins will be completed, Public Works will make sure they are open, are not frozen and have the ability to take the water running to them. 
  • Public Works will continue to monitor the flow of water within the Town’s curb system.  If there are areas where snow may be damming and blocking the flow of water in a curb, the snow will either be pushed back or removed to assist the situation. 
  • Culverts will be monitored to confirm they are flowing where they are relied upon to assist with drainage.  If a culvert is frozen, the Public Works crew will steam/thaw the culvert in order to allow it to flow as designed.

If residents see that a curb is dammed or a catch basin is blocked or frozen, they can simply report the situation to the Town Office by calling 306-695-3344.  In addition to reporting street drainage problems to the Town Office, residents are reminded to be aware of precautions they can take on their private property.  As a property owner they should be preparing and ensuring their home is protected. Below are precautionary measures residents can take to protect their home:

  • Test your sump pump – the job of a sump pump is to keep the area under your home dry. If your pump fails, there is nothing to prevent the water from building up under your home which can lead to flooding or foundation damage.
  • Roof and gutters – remember that water damage can strike from above too. If you can, rake any residual snow off your roof. Also, check your gutter to see if there are any blockages due to ice dams or debris. You want melting snow to have a quick and clear path off your roof.
  • Extend downspouts – getting the snow off your roof will mean there isn’t as much dripping and draining, which can keep the perimeter of your house from getting as saturated with water as it would be otherwise; however, it’s never a bad idea to have extenders for your downspouts.
  • Shovel snow away from the side of your house – if there are mounds of snow built up against your home, you should spend some time to clean up those areas.
  • Make sure you are checking your basement for signs of moisture or flooding a few times a day, especially on heavy melt days. You want to be able to spring into action if something goes wrong.

You can also visit SGI's website for more tips to protect your home during the spring melt: 

SGI Thaw Safetly: Tips to Protect Your Home in the Spring Melt

SGI Protect Your Basement from Flooding