Algoma Public Health
Floods are the most costly natural disaster in Canada and the leading cause of emergency in Ontario. Floods can happen at any time of the year and can be caused by a variety of factors. Snow melt, heavy rainfall, spring runoff, ice jams and other extreme weather events are common causes of flooding in Canada.
In the spring, the amount of precipitation and the rate of snow melt both have a significant potential on flooding. In addition, in certain circumstances warning times for these floods are extremely limited so it is vital that the public is properly prepared for these events.
Before a Flood
- Pay close attention to the weather forecast and flood warnings.
- Have a 72 hour kit prepared for you and your family.
- Reduce the risk of your home flooding by installing protective plumbing fixtures, repairing leaks in the foundation and sloping the ground away from your home.
- Protect your well water by ensuring your well is properly constructed.
Date of Creation: June 1, 2015
Last Modified: June 1, 2015