Halifax Water catchbasins (also known as storm drains) are an important part of drainage infrastructure and a vital part of flood control. Usually located within a curb, catchbasins allow water to quickly drain from the streets. If these catchbasins get clogged by trash, leaves, or other debris—even snow and ice— flooding may result or other dangerous conditions may occur.
Most catchbasins in the Halifax region are connected to the stormwater system, which may drain directly into area waterways. Others connect to the combined collection system (wastewater and stormwater) and, if clogged, may cause overflow.