Recovery Planning May 11th, 2020

What To Do After A Flood


The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo hopes that all residents and businesses stay safe during this challenging time. Use this guide to help you determine what to do after a flood.

Never return to your home or business until you know it is safe to do so. The local authorities will coordinate opening affected areas after a flood. Once you return, it is important to stay tuned to local radio stations in case you need to evacuate again.

Returning to Your Property

  • Exercise extreme caution when returning to your home or business.
  • Do not enter any building unless it is structurally sound. Avoid areas that are damaged or contain dangerous debris.
  • Do not enter basements or other areas with floodwater as it may contain hidden hazards or may be electrically charged.
  • Floodwater is contaminated, making many items unsafe to handle or consume. Mud left from floodwater can contain sewage and chemicals.
  • Inspections on electrical panels and appliances by a qualified technician will be required before utilities can be reconnected to your home or business.
  • If utilities were not turned off before you evacuated, do not enter your property until it has been checked by a qualified technician.
  • Before drinking tap water, check it for colour and odour. If you suspect it is contaminated, do not drink it.

Completing a Damage Assessment

  • Use a camera or video camera to record any flood damage to your property.
  • Do not discard any valuable papers that may have been damaged during a flood. Instead, store them in a freezer – they may be important later.
  • Watch for information on Disaster Recovery Program, which is administered by the Province of Alberta.

Cleaning Your Property

  • Protecting your health and the safety of others is important as you clean up after a flood.
  • Arrange for child care while you clean to minimize your child’s exposure to contaminated areas.
  • Do not bring pets back until it is safe.
  • When using electrical equipment, keep extension cords out of water.
  • Furniture and other items in your home or business that have been flood damaged will have to be discarded.
  • Contamination can spoil food and prescription medication. When in doubt, throw it out.
  • Discard all contaminated food items, including fresh produce, packaged or boxed food and meats, damaged or leaking canned goods, and bottled foods and drinks, as floodwater can seep under
    a cap or lid.
  • For instructions on how to disinfect and clean your property, consult the local public health office.

Reoccupying Your Home or Business

  • After the danger has passed, do not reoccupy your property until:
  • All utilities have been restored.
  • The water supply and waste water system has been inspected and is safe for use.
  • If damaged by flooding, your property has been thoroughly cleaned, dried and disinfected.

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