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Weather patterns and forecasts will be the primary indicator of water levels, and the City relies heavily on the Ministry of Environment River Forecast Centre for regularly updated flood forecasts.There is no way of knowing when water levels will peak, but river levels will not rise suddenly. The City will continue to monitor water levels constantly and we expect we will have warning of high water flows several days in advance. We will use as many means of communication as we have available including the website, radio, television, telephone and door-to-door.
FortisBC provides information on what to do with your gas appliances before a flood, during evacuation, and after the flood.
BC Hydro advises that water and electricity do not mix, if your home floods you must leave immediately.
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation advises that after a flood, it's important to restore your home to good order as soon as possible to protect your health and prevent further damage to your house and belongings. Whether you do the work yourself or hire a contractor, their handy checklist will help you organize the clean up. Immediate action is important. Your house and furnishings are less likely to grow mould if they are dried within 48 hours.
Flood waters pose a far greater risk to life and injury than most people realize. The Ministry of Environment has some helpful information on Flood Water Hazards - Threat to Life. The Provincial Emergency Program offers these personal safety tips if you need to leave.
Emergency Social Services (ESS) provides short-term assistance to British Columbians who are forced to leave their homes because of fire, floods, earthquakes or other emergencies. This assistance includes food, lodging, clothing, emotional support, and family reunification.
Fraser Health offers community services that deal with personal and environmental health. They will be monitoring the sewer system along with the City and posting regular updates.
Fraser Health offers community services that deal with personal and environmental health. They will be monitoring the quality of the drinking water along with the City and posting regular updates.
Once you've experienced flooding, here's what you can do: Flood Information for Home Owners and Home Buyers.