Floods are the most frequent natural hazard in Canada. Flooding can be caused by a number of factors such as heavy rainfall, a quick spring melt, or even a failure of a man-made dam.
If you know a flood is going to happen:
- Turn off furnaces and gas lines (contact your provider for safe instructions on how to do so).
- Do not shelter livestock – they could get trapped in barns or shelters.
- Remove toxic substances like pesticides to prevent pollution.
- Do not attempt to shut off electricity if water is present – this is a major hazard.
- Have an emergency kit close at hand. For suggestions on what to include in this kit click here.
During a flood:
- Keep a battery operated radio on and tuned to the local station for updates and emergency instructions.
- Evacuate if instructed to do so. Follow specified routes.
- Never cross a flooded area.
After a flood:
- Do not return home until authorities have said it’s OK.
- Do not use any appliances that have gotten wet until they have been thoroughly cleaned, dried and inspected.
- Make sure your home is structurally safe to re-enter.
- Test your drinking water to ensure it has not been contaminated. To get it tested for free contact the Public Health Office in Vermilion at 780-853-5270.
For more detailed information on flood preparedness click here.