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Flood

Visit the following websites for information on flooding reports, or the state of local watersheds.

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What You Can Do

...if your area is at risk of being flooded:

  • Listen to the latest warnings and advisories on the radio and television.
  • Prepare your home for a possible extended vacancy and collect necessary personal items you will require if evacuated, such as cash, medication, important papers and identification, change of clothes.
  • Remove valuable items from the basement and lower-level areas.
  • Ensure that your cell phone is charged - it may be your only means of communication during an evacuation.
  • Be prepared to place your pets in a kennel, as evacuation centres may not accept animals.
  • Keep your automobile fueled.
  • Evacuate if directed to do so.
  • In the event of an evacuation, assist those with special needs such as children and persons with disabilities.
  • Secure all boats and items left loose on and around piers, docks, or boathouses.

...during a flood:

  • Shut off the electricity, furnaces, and the outside gas valves if safe to do so.
  • Never try to cross a flooded area on foot.
  • If you are in a car, do not drive through flood waters.

...after a flood:

Flood dangers do not end when the water begins to recede. Take the following precautions following a flood:

  • Seek out medical assistance, if needed.
  • Check on neighbours who may need assistance.
  • Report any broken utility lines to the appropriate authorities.
  • Do not use flooded appliances, electrical outlets, switch boxes, or fuse breaker panels until they have been checked by your local authority.
  • The water in your home could be heavily contaminated with sewage and other pollutants after a flood. Listen for instructions from your local public health unit as to what to do.
  • Food may have been contaminated as well by flood waters or spoiled if the power went out.
  • Follow these guidelines when cleaning up after a flood.

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