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Learn to be FloodSmart

Check out the following brochure for more information about preparing for a flood.

FloodSmart Brochure

 

Check back again soon as new tools are being added.

 

Flood Preparedeness

The best time to prepare for a flood is well before you are threatened with rising water.

  • Know your flood risk
  • Develop a household emergency plan
  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Familiarize yourself with local emergency plans. Know where to go and how to get there should you need to get to higher ground, the highest level of a building, or to evacuate.
  • Connect with your neighbours
  • Prepare your home
    • Clean your gutters
    • Maintain perimeter drains and ensure downspouts are away from your residence
    • Consider constructing a rain garden or other landscaping to manage runoff
  • Consider buying flood insurance
  • Stay tuned to phone alerts, TV, or radio for weather updates, emergency instructions, or evacuation orders
Flood Watches & Flood Warnings

The BC River Forecast Centre is responsible for issuing flood watches and warnings.

Flood Watch

Be aware, conditions are right for flooding to occur

Steps to Take

  • Tune in to local TV/radio to receive the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Know where to go. You may need to reach higher ground quickly and on foot.
  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.

Prepare your home

  • Bring in outdoor furniture and move important indoor items to the highest possible floor. This will help protect them from flood damage.
  • Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. You could be electrocuted.
  • Park vehicles away from streams and waterways.
  • If instructed, turn off your gas and electricity at the main switch or valve. This helps prevent fires and explosions.

Flood Warning

Take Action – Flooding is either happening or will happen shortly.

Steps to Take

  • Tune in to local TV/radio to receive the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Move immediately to higher ground or stay on high ground.
  • Evacuate if directed.
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.

 

Basic Safety Tips
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
  • Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.
  • Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.
After a Flood
  • Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
  • Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded and watch out for debris. Floodwaters often erode roads and walkways.
  • Do not attempt to drive through areas that are still flooded.
  • Avoid standing water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
  • Photograph damage to your property for insurance purposes.

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The New Normal is an initiative of the Cowichan Valley Regional District.

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Kate Miller, Manager
Environmental Services
Engineering Services
Cowichan Valley Regional District
250.746.2509 / 1.800.665.3955
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