Floods are the most common natural hazard in Canada, especially in low-lying lands.
Unfortunately, the odds are high that we’ll each experience a flood at some point in our lives, whether it’s localized to your basement or one that has an impact across your neighbourhood or town.
Dangers from flooding don’t just include high water levels—other concerns include fast moving water and debris, contaminated water, electricity, structural instability along with mould and mildew.
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Flooding is common, but the good news is that there are lots of things you can do to protect your family and property before it happens.
In most cases, flooding is just a minor, albeit expensive, nuisance that involves safely drying out and cleaning a basement or yard and replacing water damaged items. But it’s important to have a plan in case of flash floods, during which fast moving water can rise quickly. In those cases, you need to be ready to evacuate.
Every family should have a Disaster Kit ready, be it for a flood or any other unexpected occurrence.
A flood recovery strategy can vary depending on the scale of the situation.
You may be eager to rush back home to assess and repair the damage, but your first concern is safety. Have the local authorities cleared the area? They will need to ensure that flood waters have diminished (with no threat of returning), that there isn’t any major road or structural damage that could cause danger, that electrical and gas lines have been repaired and that there are no water contamination issues. Approach a flooded area with caution.
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