Storm Drains and Catchbasins

Help Clear Storm Drains

When heavy snow fall occurs the warming temperatures and rain will create more hazardous conditions and the threat of urban flooding. Please assist City Public Works crews by making sure storm drains and catch basins around your home are clear of snow and ice. Clogged and snow-covered drains and catch basins can quickly result in flood conditions.

To reduce the possibility of flooding, citizens are requested to do the following:

  • Locate any drains or catch basins adjacent to your property;
  • Make sure drains and catch basins are clear of any snow or ice; and
  • Clear a path for water to flow into the drains and catch basins.

Report any major flooding problems to Public Works during regular business hours at 604.927.5496 or Emergency After Hours Contact at 604.543.6700

Catchbasin Cleaning

Falling leaves and falling rain can lead to clogged catchbasins (or storm drains). Help prevent flooding by regularly cleaning leaves and other debris from your catch basin grates. Did you know that many of the City’s catchbasins are connected to drainage systems that discharge to environmentally sensitive fish-bearing streams? That’s a good reason to keep oil, paint and other contaminants away from catch basins. Please report any damaged catchbasins to Public Works at 604.927.5496.