Flooding occurs when the water flows faster than it can be stored. Several conditions can increase the chances of flooding such as saturated soil from many days of minor raining, as well as storm lines or ditches that are not cleaned properly. In Wetaskiwin we have both a saturated base as well as storm lines that have built up sediment from use over the years. In addition, the drainage ditch was constructed with pinch points where it crosses under a road or rail line. As an example, the ditch can handle a 1:100-year event but the culverts under roads may only be able to keep up to a 1:75-year event.
Worried About Flooding?If you’re concerned about your home or business flooding, there are steps you can take to help prevent it from happening:
As a last resort to significant localized flooding, sandbags can be used to help re-direct water.
What We Are DoingThe City of Wetaskiwin has been focused on mitigating flooding risks as part of its 10-year Capital Plan—developed in 2017. It includes things such as: