Mother and son clearing a catch basin from debris

City encourages residents and businesses to get involved in preventing neighbourhood flooding

September 24 2020 –

As we enter the fall season, we’re being greeted by heavy rain which will persist into the weekend. City crews will be out 24 hours a day clearing streets, and particularly catch basins, of leaves and debris – and we’re encouraging residents and businesses to do the same.

Help from the public in clearing neighbourhood catch basins always goes a long way in helping us prevent flooding and plays a big role in helping excess water go with the flow.  

How residents and businesses can help

We support a number of opportunities that help to facilitate residents and businesses in making our city a vibrant, connected community. These low-barrier programs are popular with families, residents, and businesses looking for ways to get involved and connect with their neighbours. 

Adopt a Catch Basin Program

Help from residents and businesses in clearing debris from the approximately 45,000 catch basins across the city plays an important role in reducing neighbourhood flooding. So far more than 3,000 catch basins have been adopted under the care of residents and businesses in Vancouver. Fun names for catch basins include “Kevin Basin” and “Grate Expectations”.

Sign up to adopt a catch basin

Report blocked catch basins and storm drains

City crews clear catch basins and storm drains known to be prone to flooding in advance of heavy precipitation. We also encourage residents and businesses to use the VanConnect App to report flooding caused by leaves and debris or other street maintenance issues.

Download the app at the AppStore, Google Play, or for Blackberry

Please maintain physical distancing from other pedestrians and consider wearing a mask while clearing your catch basins. We also want to remind residents to stay safe during times of heavy rain, to drive mindfully given road conditions, and watch for pedestrians and cyclists.