Flooding in our area is not a common occurrence. When it happens it is usually the result of spring run off or heavy rains.

What to do when it is flooding:

Flood Warning Action:

– Keep your radio tuned to 920 AM or 96.5 FM for information updates.

– Store fresh drinking water. Regular drinking supply may become contaminated.

– Verify operation of sump pump in your home and ensure you have a working battery operated radio as well as spare batteries.

– Install plugs in basement drains and check sewer back up valves.

– Remove all chemical products from the basement and other flood prone areas.

– Move personal belongings to upper floors.

– Take precautions to safeguard or minimize damage to electrical, natural gas or propane heating equipment. Consult your supplier for details.

– Consult local municipal authorities before building dykes.

– Contact your Agricultural Representative regarding the relocation of farm produce, livestock, poultry, etc.

During a flood:

– Turn off basement furnaces and outside gas valves.

– Turn off electrical power. If the area surrounding the switch is wet, stand on a dry surface and reach with a dry wooden stick. If it is unsafe to do this, call Manitoba Hydro to disconnect your power.

– Add 2 1/2 litres of disinfectant (e.g. chlorine bleach) to basement flood waters every two or three days.

– Listen on a battery powered radio for flood instructions.

– Never attempt to cross fast flowing flood water on foot. The strong current may sweep you downstream.

– Be aware that your normal water supply may be contaminated. The Medical Officer of Health will provide information on this issue.

– If evacuation becomes necessary, follow instruction of local officials and the evacuation instructions in this guide.