Help prevent localized flooding by clearing your catch basin

With milder temperatures forecast, City crews will be out clearing snow and ice in order to facilitate roadway drainage and alleviate flooding.

Residents are encouraged to help by clearing snow and ice from catch basins near their homes. Catch basins can be located by a yellow “T” bar painted on the roadway identifying a catch basin close by.

Please visit to learn more about winter operations in our city.

Special Advisory: Overnight parking restriction lifted

Snow clearing operations on City of Ottawa streets have been completed following the recent snowfall. As a result, the overnight parking restriction is now lifted for Ottawa.

Another overnight parking restriction may be issued in the event of an Environment Canada forecast of 7 centimetres or more for the Ottawa area.

The City’s priority for snow clearing is to ensure that streets are clear and safe for motorists, public transit, pedestrians and cyclists.

Sign up for the City’s Winter Parking e-Alerts or Twitter notifications to be in the know about snow. You will receive notification each time an overnight parking restriction is in effect, if the restriction continues for more than one night and when the restriction has been lifted. The service is free and you can unsubscribe at any time. Sign up today at

For more winter parking information, please visit or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).

Issued:  March 1, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.

What to expect during a snow storm

Public safety and environmental responsibility are the City’s main concerns while clearing snow and ice during the winter months. When a snow storm hits, Ottawa’s resources are deployed systematically as per the Maintenance Quality Standards - Roads and Sidewalks for the City of Ottawa.
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