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Flood Info and Forecasting

The following information is courtesy of the Government of Ontario and can be found on their website at www.ontario.ca/page/floods. It is hoped that the information is useful for shoreline residents that may experience seasonal flooding due to high water levels on Georgian Bay.

Before a flood

Be prepared for an emergency by creating a 72-hour emergency preparedness plan and kit for you and your family. See www.emergencymanagementontario.ca and getprepared.ca for further details on how to prepare these important items.

Inside your home

  • Store any personal belongings in sealed bins.
  • Move documents and keepsakes out of the basement.
  • Test sump pumps regularly and install a back-up system (for example, battery back-up or generator).
  • Put weather protection sealant around basement windows and ground-level doors.
  • Install "check valves" in sewer traps to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains of your home.

Outside your home

  • Extend downspouts at least 2 metres from your home to move water away from the building.
  • Remove debris that could present danger during flood events.
  • Secure outdoor furniture and items around piers, docks or boathouses.
  • Regularly maintain water drainage systems, such as weeping tile, culverts and ditches.

During a flood

If you are instructed by emergency officials to evacuate, do so immediately. If an evacuation is not in place, consider these safety precautions:

  • Avoid travelling on roads that are near any bodies of water.
  • Do not drive through, stand or walk in any moving water.
  • If you must walk, look for still water and use a stick to check the ground in front of you.
  • Keep children and pets away from floodwater.
  • Avoid using the plumbing system if the septic tank or the disposal field is under water.

After a flood

Before returning home, check with your local municipality for any information from local public health units, utilities and other community officials who are working to keep you and your family safe.

Ontario Flood Forecasting and Warning Program

The Province publishes daily information about the Flood Forecasting and Warning Program, which prepares provincial and local authorities in the event of a flood. Visit the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry interactive web map for the latest flood forecast information for our area.