With a large amount of snow on the ground it could be a wetter than average spring this year.

Claire Halpin, interim senior communications advisor has put together the following list of tips to handle all the water.

First, it is important to clear downspouts, drainage systems and eaves troughs to allow drainage to flow correctly and prevent back up and water overflow. Downspouts should also be pointed away from the property.

Residents who live in areas with high groundwater may wish to consider a sump pump that is designed to send water away from the house. Pumps should also be checked periodically to be sure they are working properly.

High River residents and property owners can also prevent melting snow from affecting their property by ensuring that window wells are clear of snow and ice buildup.

Furnace and exhaust vents should be cleared of ice and snow to ensure they are venting properly. This includes fireplace and dryer vents as well.

The Town’s Operations crews will be monitoring area drains and clearing them as needed. Residents and property owners contact the Town’s Operations Department at (403) 403-652-4657 or [email protected] if they have a storm drain that needs to be cleared. For after-hours emergencies, Operations water and sewer crews can be reached at 403-652-6353.

To plan for a safe day, residents are advised to check the weather forecast.


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