During a Flood

What to do during a flood

Flooding can sometimes happen quickly and may affect just a few or many homes. Monitor your local news for weather updates and special announcements from local officials. You can also check innisfil.ca or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

Reducing the Risk of Flood Damage

If heavy rains are forecasted for your area and the potential for flooding exists, the following actions can help reduce property damage to your home:

Potential hazards in flooding conditions

Flooding conditions can create hazardous situations both in and around your home. Here are some potential hazards to be aware of :


For your protection, you may decide it is necessary for you to evacuate your home or an area impacted by flooding. You may also be officially notified to evacuate. This notification may occur in several ways including:

  • A weather alert
  • Social media
  • Local media
  • Officials going door-to-door

If you expect you might need to evacuate during an emergency, keep phone lines open for use by emergency workers and monitor local radio, TV, and the Internet for emergency instructions and current information.

Also be sure to follow instructions from officials and evacuate immediately if asked. Travel only on routes specified by officials—a shortcut could take you to a blocked or dangerous area.
If you have time and can do so safely:

• Take your Go-Kit (refer to Before a Flood for more details), medications, and needed supplies with you in the event of an extended evacuation.

• If it is safe to do so, shut off water, gas and electricity in your home. If not, evacuate your home but do not go back inside until a utility company has confirmed it is safe. • Check to see if your neighbours require assistance.

Emergency Evacuation Centres

In some cases, an emergency evacuation centre may be set up to provide shelter and food to people affected by the flood. If so:
• Leave a note if you have time (in a mailbox if you have one) telling others when you left and where you went.

• If you are evacuated, register with the authorities at the evacuation or reception centre so you can be contacted and reunited with your family and loved ones.

• If you are going somewhere other than a designated centre, register with the centre, notifying them of your whereabouts. This helps to create an accurate record of flood victims.

If you remain in your home

Remember that flooding can affect your safety and possibly your health. Take precautions to prevent illness and injury before you enter any area that has been flooded.

Helpful hints:

• Assume that everything touched by floodwaters is contaminated. Stay clear unless your skin is covered and you are wearing protective clothing such as coveralls, rubber boots, gloves and masks.

• Keep children and pets away from flooded areas and contaminated items.

• Before entering your home, check for foundation and structural damage and make sure all porch roofs and overhangs are supported. If you suspect any damage, leave your home until a professional such as a building inspector or structural engineer has confirmed it is safe to re-enter.

• If you notice any gas odours, evacuate your home and contact the gas company or fire department.

• Flood waters can contain sewage (may contain bacteria, viruses or parasites), chemicals and debris like broken glass. Keep yourself, family and pets away from flood waters. Do not enter a flood area unless wearing appropriate personal protective equipment and clothing.

• Only if it is safe to do so, turn off electricity in your home at the main breaker or fuse box.