City of Edmonton addresses spillway problems after freeze-thaw cycles – Edmonton

City of Edmonton Pedestrians have been busy searching for flooded streets and sidewalks following a recent mix of warm and cold weather, accompanied by freezing rains and snowfall.

As of Tuesday afternoon, teams had cleared 1,000 catch basins – but that’s only 50% of the work that needs to be done to fix the road problems the Edmontonians address.

As the thaw continues, the city expects calls to 311 to increase because of concerns about snow removal. Andrew Grant, from the City of Edmonton’s infrastructure operations division, said they will be ramping up resources.

“The work never really stops,” says Grant.

“This year has been a very unusual year when it comes to the thaw cycle.”

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According to Environment Canada, Edmonton saw about 75 centimeters of snow between November and early February.

The National Weather Service says January is usually the snowiest month and March is the second – so Edmonton can still see more.

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Grant acknowledged the melting winds piled up by the crews were not helping the situation but added it was not the only contributing factor to the icy, messy pavement and Street.

“I think a lot of the problem is just destroying people’s private property.

“Everything is designed to get out into the street (but) when you have a constant freeze-thaw cycle, the water flows and then freezes overnight. “

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The city’s top priority this week is cleaning up the catchment basins, and teams are working 24/7 to get that done. But Grant said homeowners need to do their part to clear the snow.

“It’s definitely a bit of everyone’s responsibility. We are studying the catch basins to make sure that the water has somewhere to go, but the important thing is that the towing material is being brought down,” Grant said.

People are encouraged to call 311 to report any problems related to freeze-thaw cycles or snow removal.

As for the potholes, the city says it has a dedicated team working year-round to fix them – especially large potholes, a safety concern. However, one major melt rather than more freeze-thaw cycles would help reduce numbers in the spring, Grant said.

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