City of Cranbrook

March 16, 2017

Large Number of Basements Flooding Across City, Public Works Reporting

Cranbrook, BC (March 16, 2017) – With the drastically warmer temperatures, rainfall and fast snow melt over the past days, Public Works is getting a large volume of calls around flooding basements.

It is important for those who are having flooding issues – and even those who are not -- to make sure that any remaining snow is well away from your home.  Find spaces on your own property to move this snow to and please do not push snow out into the street.

For those facing flooding issues, the City does have sandbags available free of charge in the lot next to the Public Works building on Cobham Avenue.   Residents must fill the bags themselves and are asked to bring their own shovels to fill those sandbags.

Homeowners are responsible to take the first steps to minimize any damage to personal property, like removing undamaged items from the area.   Notify your homeowner or rental insurance agent of the damage as soon as possible to determine if your policy provides coverage for the damage.  This will also give your insurer the opportunity to investigate and proceed with repairs and any clean up quickly.

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