As rainy weather season begins, know how to prevent flooding

October 9, 2020
Esquimalt News

Prevention is key.

Now, before winter rainstorms arrive, is the time for home owners to check gutters, downspouts and perimeter drains around the house to ensure everything is working properly.

Drainage tips:

  1. Clear your gutters and downspouts of all leaves and debris. Ensure that they remain clear through the winter.
  2. Have your drain system cleaned and repaired if necessary. Remember, drain tiles will plug over time with mud, silt or roots, and in some cases, may even fail due to age.
  3. Ensure that any surface drain, such as those located at the bottom of driveways and    stairwells, are clear of mud and debris and remain clear throughout the winter

The township’s public works staff will make every effort to keep roadside catch basins clear.  Please help township crews by keeping leaf piles away from curbs, gutters and storm drains to prevent clogging and flooding.

In case of flooding

Esquimalt’s Engineering and Public Works Department is responsible for the maintenance and repair of municipal storm and sanitary sewers.

If you see a problem involving sewers and drains, please call us at 250-414-7108 during office hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday). We are also on call 7 days per week and 24 hours per day to deal with emergencies. After regular business hours (noted above) please call 250-995-7654. 

Owners are responsible for sewer and drain laterals on their (private) property and within private easements. Learn more.

  • For more information, please contact Engineering & Public Works at 250-414-7108