Spring flooding – be prepared!

The City urges residents who live in flood-prone areas to be prepared in the event of flooding.

While Cataraqui Conservation does not expect widespread flooding at this time, the City reminds residents that every neighbourhood is at risk of basement flooding, even if it’s never happened before.

“Flooding is one of the costliest natural hazards in Ontario. Don’t wait until it happens. If you live near water or in a low-lying area, it’s important to have a plan in place. Spring is a wet season. Prepare yourselves and your property now,” says Brandi Timpson, Emergency Preparedness Manager.

Residents are invited to review the links and messages, below, to help prepare for the possibility of flooding – and follow the City’s Twitter feed @CityofKingston.

Flooding forecast links to bookmark:

City and Utilities Kingston Flood-related resources:

  • The City’s Flooding page explains what to do before, during and after a flood.
  • The City’s Emergency Management page offers information on how to be prepared for risks facing the Kingston region – including extreme weather.
  • Utilities Kingston offers “Flood Facts” that explain how to reduce the likelihood of sewer back-ups in your neighbourhood. These include:
    • Having a plumber regularly inspect your sewer lateral.
    • Disposing of kitchen fats, oils and greases (FOGs) in your Green Bin and not down your drain.
    • Checking your sump pump and sanitary backwater valve for proper operation and following the manufacturer’s maintenance recommendations.
    • Ensuring your downspouts are clear of debris so water routes safely away.
    • Reducing your use of water on rainy days.

What to do if you experience flooding

Entering a flooded basement could be hazardous!  When in doubt, don't enter the flooded area until you are told it is safe by a qualified professional. Utilities Kingston offers instructions on what to do if your basement has flooded. Report your flood or backup using Utilities Kingston’s online reporting form or by calling them at 613-546-0000.