The City of Grande Prairie is preparing to control water flow and reduce the impact of spring melt across the city.
The transportation department is currently equipped with adequate staffing levels and equipment to address snow melt and potential water flow issues as they arise.
Currently, staff are working to thaw catch basins and ensure water is draining properly. Residents can help by ensuring their catch basin is clear of snow and debris but are advised not to attempt to clear the areas once they have flooded.
Residents are reminded that isolated water flow on roads and residential areas is expected to occur. Roads are designed to channel the water flow into the underground drainage network during spring melts and heavy rains without causing any long-term impact or property damage.
The City also reminds residents of the significant safety risks associated with using storm ponds for recreational usage, especially during warming weather conditions.
Storm ponds are not designed to be used for recreation such as skating. Ice thickness can vary drastically from one location to the next due to water flow from storm pipes draining into the pond. The result is unstable ice formations that present a risk to walk on.
These storm water ponds are located throughout the City, included but not limited to:
- Ivy Lake
- Crystal Lake
- Crystal Lake Storm Facility
- O’Brien Lake
- Pinnacle Ridge and Pinnacle West
- Royal Oaks North
- Bickell’s Pond (Summerside)
- Westgate East
- Signature Falls
Residents are reminded that the Use of Public Lands Bylaw (C-1078) prohibits the use of these ponds for skating and hockey. Vehicles are also prohibited from accessing these sites.
Parking Bands Lifted
A two-week round of residential snow clearing is complete and parking bans on all permanent snow routes are lifted as of 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, 2020.