Flood Precautions

In flooding or potential flooding event, the following actions should be taken:

Protecting your home

  • Elevate the furnace, water heater, and electric panel if susceptible to flooding 
  • Install check valves in sewer traps to prevent floodwater from backing up into your home
  • Seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds to avoid seepage
  • Keep an adequate supply of food, candles and drinking water in case you are trapped inside your home.

When a flood is imminent

  • Listen to designated radio/TV emergency alert systems for emergency instructions. 
  • Secure/bring in outdoor furniture or other items that might float away and become a potential hazard.
  • Move all important documents such as legal, certificates etc to upper floor

During a flood

  • Seek higher ground. Do not wait for instructions. 
  • Be aware of flash flood areas such as canals, streams, drainage channels. 
  • Be ready to evacuate. 
  • If instructed, turn off utilities at main switches and unplug appliances - do not touch electrical equipment if wet. 
  • If you must leave your home, do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet. Use a stick to test depth. 
  • Do not try to drive over a flooded road. If your car stalls, abandon it immediately and seek an alternate route.

After a flood

  • Stay away from flood water - do not attempt to swim, walk or drive through the area 
  • Be aware of areas where water has receded. Roadways may have weakened and could collapse. 
  • Avoid downed power lines and muddy waters where power lines may have fallen. 
  • Do not drink tap water until advised that the water is safe to drink. 
  • Once flood waters have receded you must not live in your home until the water supply has been declared safe for use, all flood-contaminated rooms have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, adequate toilet facilities are available, all electrical appliances and heating/cooling systems have been inspected, food, utensils and dishes have been examined, cleaned or disposed of, and floor drains and sumps have been cleaned and disinfected.