04 Apr In case of flooding
(HUDSON, April 4 2016) – Floods can occur in all seasons. They usually occur during spring thaw and during heavy rain. You can limit the damage and inconvenience by performing certain actions.
WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF FLOODING ALERTS?
- All objects that are in the basement or ground floor should be elevated or stored on upper floors.
- Block the drain in the basement.
- Shut-off gas and electricity. If the water begins to rise, ensure that you stand on a dry surface and use a wooden stick to turn off power.
- Follow any updates on the radio, television or the internet. Comply with the safety instructions transmitted.
WHAT TO DO DURING FLOODING?
- Leave your home if the water reaches a dangerous level or if demanded by the authorities.
- Take some essential items such as warm clothes and raingear if it rains.
- If you use a vehicle, drive carefully and do not hesitate to abandon it if the engine stalls.
- Notify the municipal authorities of the place you have relocated to if you do not go to an identified municipal shelter.
WHAT TO DO AFTER THE WATER HAS RETREATED?
- Consult an electrician before reconnecting any power.
- Consult a specialist before restarting any heating systems.
- Contact the municipality to ensure that the water is drinkable. If in doubt, boil for 5 minutes. If your drinking water comes from a well, have it analyzed before consumption.
- Clean items that were contaminated by flooding: Remove the water and discard all absorbing materials such as plasterboard, mineral wool, carpets, pressed wood, etc.
- Discard all perishable and non-perishable food and medications that have been in contact with water.
- Sterilize contaminated kitchens items in boiling water.
- Pay attention to the mold (moldy, dirt or alcohol odors, green or black spots on the floor or walls) that can cause health problems. If you are experiencing health problems, see a doctor immediately or seek psychosocial support, especially from a Vaudreuil-Soulanges CLSC.
- Make an inventory of water damage to your property, with support of pictures or videos. Contact your municipality and your insurer. Keep all receipts and proof of purchase of damaged property for claims evidence.
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