City of North Battleford - Saskatchewan
Reduce the Risk of Basement Flooding
City of North Battleford crews are working to clean drain blockages
July 8th 2020

Saturated ground increases the risk of basement flooding if there is more rainfall. Residents or commercial properties who have had flooding because of the excessive rains are to contact their insurance provider.

Here are some steps to take to reduce the risk of flooding:

  • Extend downspouts at least two metres from your foundation with a drop of 10 to 20 centimetres to the ground. Water that falls onto the saturated ground next to your home is likely to leak into your basement.

  • Ensure roof runoff goes into your front or back yard and not your side yard or a neighbour’s yard.

  • Clean debris from your eavestroughs.

  • Slope soil around your foundation and window wells at least two metres away from your house with a drop of 10 to 20 centimetres.

  • Check all drainage paths on your property and ensure they are graded properly and not blocked.

  • Repair all leaks in walls, floors, windows and doors to keep water from seeping in.

  • Make sure your sump pump (if you have one) is working. Sump pumps collect water from around weeping tile and push it out through a discharge pipe. To check if it is working, pour a pail of water into the pit. Ensure the water pumps out at least two meters from your house. Sump pumps will not likely operate during an electrical failure which could result in basement flooding.

  • Limit indoor water use during a storm.


Drivers are to respect all barriers that have been erected, to avoid heavily flooded areas as much as possible and to drive slowly through the water, as the wake can exacerbate flooding conditions for property adjacent to the water.

City of North Battleford crews are working to clean drain blockages and all other hazards caused by the storm and aftermath of the storm.

For more information:

Dustin Tungilik MacDonald, Communications Administrator
306-445-1713 |

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