What to do during a Flood


If a flood is likely in your area, you should:

  • Remain calm and take all necessary precautions.


  • Listen to the radio or television for information.


  • Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground.


  • Do not wait for instructions to move.


  • Be aware of stream, drainage channels, canyons and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without typical warnings such as rain clouds or heavy rain.


If you must prepare to evacuate, you should do the following:


  • Secure your home. If you have time, bring in outdoor furniture. Move essential items to an upper floor.


  • Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.


  • Do not go sightseeing in flooded areas.


  • If caught in a house by suddenly rising water move to second floor and or if necessary, to the roof. Take warm clothing and a flashlight with you - as well as battery radio. Wait for help. If you live in a single story house, seek shelter with neighbours that have larger sturdy houses.


  • Use only recommended routes if you must travel.