Batten down the Hatches, Declutter your Gutters, Pump your Sump and Clear your Catch Basins


Preparing for winter in Victoria may not include dusting off your snow blower or getting out your block heater, but here is a short list of ‘storm proofing’ tasks that will help you stay dry this season.

1)    Declutter your Gutters.   Remove debris like leaves and twigs so that rainwater can flow through your gutters and into the stormwater system.

2)    Pump your Sump.   If you have a sump pump, test to see if it is working.  Most sumps have a float.  Step 1: Lift the float up to trigger the pump.  Step 2: Listen to see if the pump turns on.  Step 3: Sit back and relax, listening to the sound of rain drops on your roof.

3)    Clear your Catch Basins.   City crews do regular catch basin cleaning, but clearing leaves and debris away from a catch basin on the road is always a good idea.  This will allow the stormwater to flow into the stormwater system and away from your property.

Call the City of Victoria if you see pooling of water or flooding on the street.  Your tips will help our crews identify where they are needed most.  Please call 250.361.0400.

Did you know, our stormwater system is made up of:

  • 5,700 catch basins – They collect the rainwater off the streets and catch the oil, metals, silt and sand before discharging the water into large storm drains. These are located along the curb and often look like a grate.
  • 253 kilometres of storm drains – These are underground storm drain pipes. If stretched into a straight line they would reach from Victoria to Campbell River.
  • 3 stormwater rehabilitation units – These large tanks are used to capture sand, silt, oils and floating objects, reducing the contaminants that flow into our waterways.
  • 73 stormwater outlets - This is where the stormwater flows into our waterways.

In Victoria, we have separate stormwater and sewer systems. Learn more about our stormwater system here.