How is the Town Helping?


There are a number of ways the Town is helping.  Below are links to information on this page.  If you have any questions, please call Town Hall at 519-728-2700
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Subsidy Program Information And Application

Sanitary Backwater Valve

The town is currently providing subsidy for the connection of backwater prevention valves.   These valves prevent the sewage from backing up into the basements.  They must be installed by a licensed plumber to be eligible for this subsidy.  Other requirements can be obtained from the program brochure. The amount of subsidy is 80% of the cost to a maximum of $750.00.
 

Sump Pump Overflow

The town is currently providing subsidy for the sump pump overflow.  These release the water in the sump pit onto the lawn or some area away from the building.  The overflow must be installed by a licensed plumber.  The amount is up to maximum of $225.00
 

Downspout Disconnection

Downspout disconnections are subsidised up to $75.00. Please refer to the Flood Subsidy Program.
 

Free Camera Inspections

If you are experiencing, or suspect a problem with your sanitary or storm private drain Connection (PDC) you may contact the Town for assistance identifying the cause.  Locate your PDC cover (CLEAN OUT) typically found in your front yard at the property line, and the Town will dispatch a crew to camera inspect your connection(s).  This service is provided free of charge to Lakeshore residents.  Call 519-728-2488
for the Engineering department and our Clerical Staff will assist you.

Schedule an appointment if you would like this service completed.   Any repair costs to pipes on your property, including any exploratory digging required to determine cause, will be paid by the home owner.

What the Program does not cover:

  • Replacement of existing sump pump or existing backwater valve
  • Upgrade of sump pump
  • Addition of another sump pump
  • Work performed for which a permit cannot be obtained

What is Flooding?
Flooding is an overflowing of a large amount of water beyond its normal confines, especially over what is normally dry land.

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How are floods managed within Lakeshore?
Town of Lakeshore uses multiple systems to manage the stormwater that precipitates and accumulates within its catchment area. 

Certain systems use large stormwater ponds to retain excessive volumes during extreme peak events. Other locations where stormwater pond sizes are limited, the roadway functions as the storage area. Both types of systems are standard practices and acceptable designs. Residents may be concerned that they see water coming up their driveway but this is not a problem. In some cases, water could accumulate up to a foot (30 cm) based on the severity of the rain event. The waters will subside as the event passes and the outlets clear. If conditions dictate for safety purposes, consideration will be given to temporarily closing roads.

Municipal drains, under the Municipal Drainage Act also aid the excessive surface water drainage.
Anything beyond the Public Right of Way and private property is the responsibility of the owner.

What causes basement flooding?
Causes of basement flooding can be allocated to these causes:

  1. Sanitary Drain being overwhelmed by either too much inflow and infiltration, or the pipes being plugged by materials not intended for the sewage. 
  2. Sump Pumps being overwhelmed during rain events that have a large amount of precipitation over a short amount of time.
  3. The rear yard drainage pipe that is running near the foundation is either broken or has separated at its connection seams.
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How can we prevent basement flooding?

One has to identify sources of basement flooding. This would assist you in implementing the right solution for the problem at hand.  Combination of the following solutions can provide the highest protection against basement flooding.

Sanitary Drains
The home’s sanitary drain should be equipped with a functioning (BACKWATER VALVE) in the event the Town’s sanitary sewer system is temporarily surcharged. The backwater valve connects to the sanitary sewer line.  Check valves (a type of backflow preventer) can be installed on sump pumps and floor drains to prevent backflow in these areas.

Downspout and Private Drainage Systems
Any rainwater that lands on a home should be directed away by overland grading. Any stormwater that eventually seeps down into the footing system would be discharged through the sump pump. The downspouts should be directed away from the walls of the building envelope, since if they are connected directly to the stormwater to the stormwater sewer system, they will overwhelm them and backup into the sump pit and basement.

Sump Pump Overflow
Rainwater and groundwater will be directed to the sump pits. If the sump pump does not have a discharge pipe discharging to an outside landscaped area, the water is being directed to the City's sewer system. This extra water can lead to the City's sewer system becoming surcharged and increase the risk of basement flooding. Installing a sump pump with a discharge pipe (SUMP PUMP OVERLOW) to the outside landscaped area reduces the amount of water entering the sewer reducing the risk of basement flooding.

Inflow and Infiltration
The town of Lakeshore is currently investigation sources of inflow and infiltration.  Until now we have found the Twns assets to be in good shape.

Use of Sandbags
Click to view a video on how to fill sandbags and build a sandbag wall.

Flood Preparedness

Where to place sandbags around your home from Quinte Conservation Authority

 

Flood Defence Action Strategy and Program

Subsidy Program Information And Application
 

  



Free Camera Inspections


If you are experiencing, or suspect a problem with your sanitary or storm private drain Connection (PDC) you  may contact the Town for assistance identifying the cause.  Locate your PDC cover typically found in your front yard at the property line, and the Town will dispatch a crew to camera inspect your connection(s).  This service is provided free of charge to Lakeshore residents.  Call   519-728-2488
to schedule an appointment if you would like this service completed.   Any repair costs to pipes on your property, including any exploratory digging required to determine cause, will be paid by the home owner. 
  
 

  

Flood Defense Action Strategy and Program

In response to the flooding events over the recent past, the Town of Lakeshore has initiated measures to immediately assist and support residents and property owners while also working towards initiatives to minimize the impact to the community from changing climate patterns:

  1. The Sanitary Backwater Valve Installation program has been authorized and applications are being accepted in the Building Department.
  2. A comprehensive public information session was held November 14, 2017 to provide property owners with further insight into basement flood prevention mitigation measures as well as additional information on on-going Town initiatives.  Click here to see presentations
  3. Additional funding was allocated in the 2018 Budget for an enhanced Inflow and Infiltration (I & I) program to explore every possibility to minimize the extraneous flow of rain water into Town sanitary systems.
  4. Council has requested a complete review of the Town’s storm water standards to explore opportunities for improvement or enhancement and included funding in the Budget to undertake a comprehensive Storm Water Master Plan that will review the possibility of enhancing the existing storm sewer systems and storm water management ponds to accommodate the increased storm waters.
  5. An analysis is being undertaken of the identified flood areas impacted by the recent flood events with the goal to bring forward specific recommendations to expedite the implementation of measures to improve the existing storm water management and report on the processes involved.
  6. The Town is investigating the implementation of a mass emergency notification system.
  7. Council has created a Flood Task Force committee.
  8. The Town is providing a subsidy program of $225 for sump pump overflow outlet valve installation and waived the permit fee for the sump pump overflow outlet valve retroactive to September 1, 2016. (application is above)
  9. The Town is providing a $75 subsidy towards downspout disconnection.   (application is above)

Please contact Building Services with any questions at 519-728-2818
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Follow Lakeshore on Facebook, Twitter and at www.lakeshore.ca to keep updated on Town related news and information.

 Below are links providing further information on flooding and how the homeowner can reduce or eliminate occurrences.

 

 


Resources



Click here for updated Flood Questions

Basement Flooding Information for Residents


Stormwater Management and Climate Change Open House Presentations  


Handbook for Reducing Basement Flooding

Backflow Preventer

CBC Interview with Bill Feltmate of the University of Waterloo

Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation- Helping Canadians Adapt to Extreme Weather

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Flood Water

Why do I see water accumulate on some roads during heavy rain events?

Certain systems use large stormwater ponds to retain excessive volumes during extreme peak events. Other locations where stormwater pond sizes are limited, the roadway functions as the storage area. Both types of systems are standard practices and acceptable designs. Residents may be concerned that they see water coming up their driveway but this is not a problem. In some cases, water could accumulated up to a foot based on the severity of the rain event. The waters will subside as the event passes and the outlets clear. If conditions dictate for safety purposes, consideration will be given to temporarily closing roads.
 
Homes are built with multiple barriers to prevent water from entering them. The home’s sanitary drain should be equipped with a functioning backwater valve in the event the Town’s sanitary sewer system is temporarily surcharged. Any rainwater that lands on a home should be directed away by overland grading. Any stormwater that eventually seeps down into the footing system would be discharged through the sump pump. Sump pits that are inundated with water quickly during a rain event could be a sign of a problem with the home’s private internal/external plumbing system and should be addressed by the homeowner immediately.

The backwater valve connects to the sanitary sewer line.  Check valves (a type of backflow preventer) can be installed on sump pumps and floor drains to prevent backflow in these areas. 

Flooding Resources - Conservation Agencies

Lakeshore is covered by 2 Conservation Agencies: 

This is a Guide to prepare for Flooding from ERCA.
https://essexregionconservation.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/FloodingFactsheet_WEB.pdf

Visit or contact the Conservation Authority for your area for Flooding notices and details on the watersheds in your area.  

Emergency Floodproofing Measures 

Emergency floodproofing measures are put into place on
short notice. The techniques commonly used involve building
dykes or barriers using whatever natural or stored materials
may be on hand at the site. 

Emergency floodproofing measures should never be used as
a substitute for permanent floodproofing measures. This is
especially true in areas prone to ice jam flooding or where
flash flooding occurs frequently.

 

How to Reduce the Risk of Basement Flooding Video 

Date edited: 06/19/2019