Town staff, volunteer fire fighters, help prevent flooding damage in Stony Plain
Public Works staff and local firefighting crews worked around-the-clock, starting early afternoon on Sun., Jul. 15 to prevent flooding after the community received more than 95 mm of rainfall over an approximately 24-hour period.
The heavy rains that started on Saturday evening caused some of the Town’s lift station alarms to go off – a standard occurrence in such weather. Understandably, concerned residents contacted the Town about rising water in local creeks and storm water ponds (particularly in The Brickyard, Willow Park and Westerra neighbourhoods) and threats of flooding.
Town staff responded quickly, focusing the bulk of their efforts at Westerra; Public Works employees and volunteer firefighters from the Stony Plain Fire Department started pumping water from the rising storm water pond around 2:00 p.m., managing the situation very well and keeping it under control. One crew worked until 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, until another crew took over, remaining at the location until 8:30 a.m., at which time the situation had improved and the Fire Department was no longer needed. The Town continued to pump water on Monday.
“The quick-thinking and prompt action of Town staff and our local Fire Department prevented any major damage,” says William Choy, mayor of Stony Plain. “Their commitment to public safety and well-being are to be commended and are greatly appreciated.”
The Town has an established plan in place to ensure it is well-prepared to respond proactively and quickly in crisis situations or emergencies. If the community receives more significant rain or additional flooding, the Town is ready.
Stony Plain received the second-highest amount of rain in the Capital region over the weekend. Highway 16, between Stony Plain and Spruce Grove, was closed for a time, due to flooding, and while it re-opened to westbound traffic on Monday morning, eastbound lanes between the two communities remained closed on Tuesday, as maintenance workers drained the water in the area.
While a few properties in Stony Plain received some damage, the Town has not received any direct reports of damage caused by overland flooding. Property owners whose homes or businesses experienced damage should contact their insurance providers. Unfortunately, the Stony Plain Public Golf Course sustained significant water accumulation and will remain closed until at least Fri., Jul. 20. Visit stonyplaingolf.ca for updates.
Backwater valves and sump pump drainage systems should be inspected every year in the early spring to make sure they are functioning properly for the rainy season. Ensure drainage is directed away from the home by extending downspouts away from the basement walls and making sure that the earth is built up around the house. For more flood prevention tips, visit stonyplain.com.
Sump pump water should not be drained into the basement floor drain or any other part of the house plumbing system, as it can overtax the sewer system placing their basements and those of their neighbours at risk of flooding and damage.