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Before a Flood

What would you do if your property were flooded? Are you prepared?

Even if you feel your community has a low risk of flooding, remember that anywhere it rains, it can flood. Just because you haven't experienced a flood in the past, doesn't mean you won't in the future. Flood risk isn't solely based on history; it's based on a number of factors including rainfall, topography, flood-control measures, river-flow and changes due to new construction and development.

To prepare for a flood, you should:

  • Build or purchase an emergency Go Kit and make a family communications plan. 
  • Elevate the furnace, water heater and electric panel in your home if you live in an area that is prone to flooding or deemed at high risk.
  • Install weather protection sealant around basement windows and the base of ground-level doors. 
  • Ensure downspouts drain a sufficient distance from your home to ensure that water flows away from the building. 
  • Consider installing a sump pump and zero reverse flow valves in basement floor drains. 
  • Do not store your important documents in the basement. Keep them at a higher level, protected from flood damage.

Information on what to do during a flood