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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.
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 disconnections are subsidised up to $75.00. Please refer to the Flood Subsidy Program.
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:
What is Flooding?
Flooding is an overflowing of a large amount of water beyond its normal confines, especially over what is normally dry land.
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:
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:
Please contact Building Services with any questions at 519-728-2818
Follow Lakeshore on Facebook, Twitter and at www.lakeshore.ca to keep updated on Town related news and information.
Handbook for Reducing Basement Flooding
CBC Interview with Bill Feltmate of the University of Waterloo
Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation- Helping Canadians Adapt to Extreme Weather
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.
Lakeshore is covered by 2 Conservation Agencies:
How to Reduce the Risk of Basement Flooding Video
Personal Flood Emergency Plans
The most effective method of reducing flood damages is to prepare a plan and carry it out if necessary.
Each flooding situation is unique and every person’s response to a flood event should be planned well in advance.
If you are indoors:
Move essential items (and household chemicals) to an upper floor
Disconnect electrical appliances — don’t touch electrical equipment if you’re wet or standing in water
Bring in outdoor furniture (if you have time)
Don’t eat food that’s come in contact with flood waters
If you are outdoors:
Move to higher ground if there is a chance of a flash flood
Don't walk through moving water — you may fall
If you have to walk — look for where the water is not moving and use a stick to check the ground in front of you
Keep children away from flood water
Don’t drive through floodwaters
Take the following steps so you and your family are prepared in the event of an emergency:
Put weather protection sealant around basement windows and ground-level doors
Install "check valves" in sewer traps to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains of your home
Install the drainage for downspouts a sufficient distance from your home to ensure water moves away from the building
Move documents and keepsakes out of the basement
Keep instructions for shutting off gas and water valves handy and read them carefully
Important Information of what you should do in the event of flooding
Keeping the public safe during flooding
For your safety, Union Gas representatives will shut off customers natural gas supply in the affected area, where the gas meters can be safely accessed. We do not need to enter homes or business to do this.
If you smell natural gas or detect other signs of a natural gas leak, please take the following steps: