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Spring melt management tips

Puddles are springing up around the city as the temperature begins to spend more time on the plus side. After a winter that included a record snowfall at the beginning of February and a parking ban that spanned from January to March the city is ready for a lot of moisture.

Last week city crews began the work of ensuring the more than 2,800 “catch basins” around GP are free of ice and snow. The city says Catch basins are the main access point for storm water to drain into. Residents will be able to identify these collection points by watching for metal grates at the edge of the roads around town.

The city says residents can also help by ensuring their sump pump is working and draining correctly, clearing downspouts and eavestroughs and moving snow and ice away from any storm drains. If any of storm drains or catch basins are blocked or water is pooling people are advised to contact the Citizen Contact Centre. The city will send out crews with specialized equipment to thaw and clear any blockages.

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