News release

Preparing For Flood

The Emergency Management Office (EMO) is reminding Nova Scotians that flooding can occur after heavy rainfalls and weather-related emergencies.

As tropical storm Hanna transitions into a post-tropical storm and approaches the Maritimes, Nova Scotians living in flood-prone areas are encouraged to make appropriate preparations by moving furniture and personal property away from possible flood water, and securing property that might be swept away or damaged by a flood.

Residents are also encouraged to ensure that they have access to drinking water in case their regular supply is unavailable or becomes contaminated.

In the event of a flood:

  • Listen to the radio. Local authorities will issue instructions for those living in the affected areas.
  • Know how to turn off water, gas and electricity in case you are instructed to by local officials. If the main power box is not in a dry, safe area, do not try to turn off electricity. Contact Nova Scotia Power at 428-6004 or 1-877-428-6004 for instructions.
  • Do not use well water for drinking, cooking or bathing until the water has been tested and it has been deemed safe to use. Questions about safe drinking water can be directed to local environment offices at 1-877-936-8476.

After a flood, the two most important concerns are safety and sanitation. Here are some guidelines to help return home safely:

  • Listen to the radio for instructions. Local municipal offices will let people know when it is safe to return to their homes.
  • Do not attempt to cross flooded roads. Right after a storm, floodwaters are at their most dangerous. It only takes six inches of rapidly moving water to knock people off their feet.
  • Do not reconnect gas or electrical supply. Arrange for qualified personnel to inspect and connect these services.
  • If people smell gas, they should leave their home and contact the gas company immediately.
  • Check homes carefully for signs of damage, broken glass and other debris.
  • Snakes, rodents and other small animals may have been forced into homes by floodwaters. Check and contact the local municipal office for assistance.

Some items must be discarded after a flood. Items such as mattresses, pillows, sofas and upholstered furniture that have been soaked with flood water are no longer safe from harmful bacteria.

Any food that has come in contact with flood water must also be discarded. This includes fresh or frozen food, food in boxes or jars, all bottled drinks and any cans that show signs of damage.

If there is major flooding, the province may offer a disaster financial assistance program. Recording any damages will help when a claim is filed. Make a list and include photographs of all damages and any items that had to be disposed of after the flood. Keep a record of flood-related activity, such as the amount of time spent cleaning and keep copies of all invoices and receipts.

For more information on preparing for a flood, visit EMO's website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo .

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The Emergency Management Office (EMO) is reminding Nova Scotians that flooding can occur after heavy rainfalls and weather-related emergencies.

As tropical storm Hanna transitions into a post-tropical storm and approaches the Maritimes, Nova Scotians living in flood-prone areas are encouraged to make appropriate preparations by moving furniture and personal property away from possible flood water, and securing property that might be swept away or damaged by a flood.

Residents are also encouraged to ensure that they have access to drinking water in case their regular supply is unavailable or becomes contaminated.

In the event of a flood, people are advised to listen to the radio for instructions from authorities; know how to turn off water, gas and electricity in case instructed to; do not use well water for drinking, cooking or bathing until the water has been tested and deemed. Questions about safe drinking can be directed to local environment offices at 1-877-936-8476.

After a flood, people should listen to the radio for instructions; not attempt to cross flooded roads; not reconnect gas or electrical supply; leave their home and contact the gas company if they smell gas; Check homes carefully for signs of damage, broken glass and other debris; and check carefully for snakes, rodents and other small animals thay ma have been forced into homes by floodwaters.

Items such as mattresses, pillows, sofas, upholstered furniture and food that have come into contact with flood water should be discarded.

For more information on preparing for a flood, visit EMO's website at w-w-w dot gov dot n-s dot c-a slash e-m-o.

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David Rodenhiser
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