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Flooding is common in the spring and summer. With snow melting, large amounts of water can accumulate. Major rainstorms can cause flooding, streams and rivers can overflow without warning, and sewers may back-up. 



Before a flood:

  • Prepare your emergency kit
  • Ensure that water and melting snow have somewhere to drain
  • Ensure catch basins are clear of debris
  • Check with your insurance provider for what kind of coverage you have for flood damage
  • Monitor radio, TV and social media for updates

 If flooding occurs:

  • Report high levels of water in rivers, residential streets and low-lying areas to your local municipality
  • Don't drink or wash in flood waters
  • Stay away from rivers and creeks that are flooded and take extra precautions with children and pets
  • Don't walk or drive through flooded roads - water accumulation can compromise the safety of sidewalks and streets
  • Don't enter closed buildings or secured areas

 Electrical safety during a flood:          

  • Never step into a room where water may be in contact with electrical outlets or power bars on the floor
  • Never attempt to turn off power if you must walk through water to do so
  • Call your local hydro company to have the power shut off
    • Energy +  519-621-3484
    • Kitchener Wilmot Hydro 519-745-4771
    • Waterloo North Hydro  519-885-6840

 After flooding:

  • Ensure proper cleanup of your home and property to protect against long-term risks of mold and seepage
  • Don't walk or drive through flooded streets

 Additional Resources:



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Updated information on Flood Warnings for Waterloo Region can be found on the Grand River Conservation Authority Website

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