Catch up on keeping catch basins clear of debris

A litter of leaves covers the ground in High Park.  Photo credit:  Benson Kua via Wikipedia Commons.
A litter of leaves covers the ground in High Park. Photo credit: Benson Kua via Wikipedia Commons.

Catch basins are an integral part of Toronto’s storm water management system. In our area, these grates along the side of the road carry rain water and melting snow and ice away from our homes and directly into local rivers and streams, thus reducing the risk of flooding to our properties. This is why it is important that we all do our part to keep catch basins clear of debris.

Now that autumn is upon us, the leaves are changing colour from green to magnificent shades of red, yellow and orange. As we all know, this brilliant display of colour is temporary because the leaves eventually fall from the trees to the ground. This creates a problem because the leaves can block the catch basins that are so important to preventing flooding in our communities. But there is something you can do to help solve this problem!

Please take the time to clear catch basins in front of your property from debris such as fallen leaves. Also clear your window wells and possible catch basins on your property as well. If you have a catch basin on your property. City waste management crews will collect leaves on garbage collection days until December. For more information, go to http://tinyurl.com/qbp3yta.

In the winter months, the city’s snow clearing efforts result in snow covering catch basins after very heavy snowfall. Clearing catch basins of snow and ice is also important during the colder months to prevent flooding in the spring when melting occurs. Chin demonstrates how to mitigate this problem in this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDodeFzrZtY.

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