Drainage and Catch Basins
The Utilities Services Division oversees the City's complex drainage and flood protection system.
Catch basins, also called storm drains, are part of this City-wide system that helps manage snow melt, run-off and rain in Kamloops.
Catch basins work similar to drains inside homes. When they get clogged with debris, they can back up and
cause flooding. Throughout the winter and spring melt, residents are encouraged to keep their catch basins cleared of snow, ice and other debris.
Following a snowfall, residents can also help by shoveling snow to the right of their driveways and before the curb (when facing the road), rather than shoveling snow onto the curb where ice can build up and block the system.
Finding catch basins nearest homes is now easier thanks to a new mapping tool developed by the City. When residents click on this catch basin map, they can type in their address to see where the nearest catch basin is located on their street.
If you see a catch basin that is backed up, please call the City at 250-828-3461.