Floods are the most frequent natural hazards in Canada, and the most costly in terms of property damage. Floods can occur anywhere, in rural areas or in cities. They can occur at any time of the year and are most often caused by heavy rainfall, or rapid melting of snow and ice.
There are a number of ways to help you avoid or minimize flood damage to your property, but what if you're already under water?
Here are a few tips to help protect your property from further damage or loss (only if it is safe to do so):
Remember, use extreme caution and do not return to your home or business until authorities have advised that it is safe to do so. Your electrical panel must be cleaned, dried, and tested by a qualified electrician to ensure that it is safe. Flood water can be heavily contaminated with sewage and other pollutants that can cause sickness and infections. You will also have to watch out for any holes in the floors, broken glass and other potentially dangerous debris.