As the warm weather begins to approach around this time of year, it is important that we stay aware of the dangers associated with the Spring thaw. One of these hazards that can become eventful is flooding. Flooding (in various forms) can potentially interrupt many of our daily activities relating to your home, roadways, and watercourses within the community.
What Brampton residents can do before flooding happens:
- Make sure water has a path to drain. Accumulated snow and ice will start to melt and needs somewhere to drain. If it is safe to do so, try and clear a path to the nearest catch basin, so that water is able to flow freely.
- Clear excess snow on your property. Allow it to drain to the street.
- Catch basins and downspouts can get clogged due to snow, ice, leaves and other debris. Ensure catch basins and downspouts are unclogged.
- Check with your insurance provider to establish what kind of coverage you have for damage due to flooding.
If flooding occurs:
- Any abnormal accumulation of water (high water levels in rivers, large pools of water on residential streets because of blocked drains) should be reported to the City of Brampton Call Centre by calling 3-1-1 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- River flooding – residents should stay away from rivers and creeks that are flooded. Ensure that children and pets are kept away from the potential hazard. Report flooding to 3-1-1.
- Don’t walk or drive through flooded roads – water accumulation can compromise the safety of sidewalks and streets.
In a flood situation, DO:
- Have a 72-hour emergency kit easily accessible.
- Listen to a battery powered radio for flood or storm updates.
- Stay on firm ground. Moving water that is six inches deep can sweep you off your feet.
- Wear gloves and boots at all times to avoid touching anything with bare hands or feet.
- Go to higher ground.
- Watch for debris, like branches and broken glass when you come back after the flood.
In a flood situation, DON’T:
- Attempt to enter closed buildings, secured areas or bridges as they are closed off for a reason.
- Drink, wash or walk in floodwater as it may be contaminated by sewer water.
- Drive on a flooded road as it may have been swept away under the water.
- Put valuable items and appliances in the basement where they are more likely to be flooded.
Electricity Safety during a Flood:
- Never step into a basement or room where water may be in contact with electrical outlets, appliances or cords.
- Never attempt to turn off power if you must stand in or walk through water to do so. Contact Hydro One Brampton to shut power off.
- If an electrical appliance has been in contact with water, contact a professional to assess the appliance. The appliance may need to be repaired or replaced.
After flooding has subsided:
- Ensure proper cleanup of your home and property to protect you and your family against long-term risks related to mold and water seepage.
- Don’t walk or drive through flooded roads – water accumulation may have compromised the safety of sidewalks and streets.