Flooding Assistance for Cape Breton

The following information is for residents affected by flooding in parts of Nova Scotia.

Disaster Financial Assistance

Disaster Financial Assistance supports residents, small businesses and not-for-profit organizations in recovering from uninsurable emergency-related damage. Examples include damage to basic household goods and appliances including washers, dryers, furnaces and structural damage to the home.

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Donate to the United Way

Nova Scotians and others who wish to support those impacted by the floods can donate through the United Way of Cape Breton

Red Cross Donation

Canadians can donate to the Red Cross to help people impacted by the floods in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Donate to Red Cross online

Garbage collection

CBRM is now collecting materials that have been damaged or destroyed during the recent storm. Residents can place these materials curbside on their regular collection day starting immediately. Please keep your damaged materials in a separate pile from your regular household garbage, blue bag and green cart materials. For more information, contact the Waste Management Hotline at 902-567-1337


Have general insurance policy questions? Please call the Insurance Bureau of Canada Consumer Info Centre 1-844-2ask-IBC (1-844-227-5422) x 228.

What you can do right now:

  1. Take photos to document (before you start cleaning).
  2. Save any receipts.
  3. Contact your insurance provider.

Cleaning up after a flood

Protect your health, your house and your belongings when cleaning up after a flood:

  • Avoid electric shock by turning off power to the flooded area.
  • Sewage contains bacteria and viruses that can make you sick. Be careful when cleaning up. Protect any cuts or sores from getting infected.
  • Wear rubber gloves, rubber boots, goggles, and coveralls. You may also need a mask.
  • Wash all surfaces with hot water and liquid detergent, rinse and thoroughly dry and ventilate the area. Sanitize walls and floors.
  • Where possible, open windows and doors to provide fresh air.
  • Keep pets and children out of the affected area until cleaning is complete.
  • Have the water removed within 48 hours to lower the chance of mold growth.
  • Contact your insurance agency and document the event.

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