In preparation for Hurricane Sandy’s anticipated effects on Hamilton early this week, which include high winds and potential flooding, the City has taken some measures to contain the heavy rainfall forecasted for the region.

The City says the high amount of rain has the potential to overwhelm Hamilton’s sewer system and may cause basement flooding.

Road crews have inspected and cleared storm inlets and outlets, catch basins, culverts and outfalls.

The City advises residents to do the following:

  • If you experience basement flooding call 905-546-CITY(2489) so the incident can be recorded. Take note whether the flooding is a result of a sewer surcharge or surface flooding.
  • Clean up leaves and yard waste that are piled up in ditches, sidewalks and catch basins in front of your home.
  • If you see larger debris on the roadway please call 905-546-2489 to have City workers remove and dispose of it in a safe manner.
  • Clean out your eaves troughs.
  • Keep children and pets away from flooded areas or high-level waterways.
  • Drive with extra caution during heavy rain.
  • In the event of high winds, secure your waste items at the curb on your collection day.
  • Be prepared to turn off electrical power when there is standing water. Turn off gas and water supplies before you evacuate.

If severe weather conditions arise, the University may have to close as per its storm closure policy. McMaster officials would strive to confirm a closure by 5:30 a.m., and the decision would be posted on the Daily News website.

The weather conditions would have to pose a danger to students, staff and faculty on campus or prevent large numbers from entering and leaving campus.

Hamilton is forecasted to get between 20 and 30 mm of rain between Monday and Tuesday afternoon. Currently, severe wind warnings are in place for cities in the GTA. Winds are expected to gust between 60 and 100 km/h in Hamilton starting Monday evening.

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