Flooding is often the result of snow melt or heavy rainfalls. Regardless of the source, excessive water may pose a serious danger to the health of individuals and animals (e.g. pets, domestic and wild animals).
It may also cause significant damage to:
- Residential homes;
- Water supplies;
- Sewage systems;
- Food supplies;
- Utility and communication services (e.g. power and telephone services); and
- Vehicles and equipment.
Flood damage can be extensive and devastating. Preparing for a flood can reduce the potential for property damage or loss and can increase personal safety. As a homeowner, there are a variety of actions you can take in advance to minimize flood damage and costs, and to mitigate harm to humans and animals.
Following a flood, one must be mindful of safety issues including, but not limited to, electrical and gas services, building integrity, water quality, food supplies, and sewage contaminated flood waters.
A variety of resources is available from government ministries, health regions and municipalities to assist people prepare for a flood or deal with the aftermath of flooding.