Residents are Reminded To Be Prepared For Heavy Rainfall
Environment Canada is forecasting large amounts of rainfall for Greater Sudbury and vicinity. The latest forecast for Greater Sudbury and area is calling for up to 40 mm by the end of this week. The rain is expected to taper off by Thursday afternoon but return for the weekend.
Residents are reminded there are things they can do to reduce the potential of basement flooding:
• Minimize home water use during heavy rainfall. Do not use washing machines or dishwashers and flush toilets in moderation.
• If there is a storm sewer grate near your property, check it for debris. If you can remove the debris with a broom or shovel, please do so. If you cannot remove the debris, please contact the City of Greater Sudbury for assistance by dialing 3-1-1.
• Check your sump pump to ensure it is operating and your sump pit to ensure it is not blocked by debris.
• If you have installed a backwater valve inspect it to make sure it is free from debris and operates effectively.
• Reposition your downspout, if necessary, to direct water away from the foundation and any neighbouring properties.
• Valuables stored on basement floors should be moved to a safe location if you are concerned about flooding.
• Know what to do if your basement floods. The City of Greater Sudbury offers a flood preparedness package on its web site at www.greatersudbury.ca. The most important thing is protection from electrical shock. Do not enter a flooded basement without rubber boots and do not touch anything metal. Contact your hydro utility and gas utility for disconnects, if necessary. If your basement is flooded with sewage, contact a licensed plumber as a first step.
• Instruct your children to stay away from fast moving water. Conservation Sudbury (NDCA) is monitoring creeks and streams. There is potential for high water or localized flooding in low-lying areas along Junction Creek and other smaller watersheds. Large rivers should also be closely monitored as a result of the forecasted heavy rain.
• If you encounter a flooded road, do not attempt to drive or walk through the flooded area. If you are in a vehicle surrounded by rising water, leave the vehicle and proceed to safe ground.
Conservation Sudbury (NDCA) will provide updated Watershed Bulletins on its website at www.nickeldistrict.ca as required. Citizens with questions regarding watershed conditions can contact Conservation Sudbury (NDCA) at 705-674-5249.
Ensure that you have supplies of alternate water available for drinking and also stored water for sanitation purposes for 72 hours; this is particularly important for vulnerable populations.
Citizens are reminded that 9-1-1 should only be dialed to report a crime in progress or a life-threatening emergency situation. Reports of flooding should be directed to the City of Greater Sudbury call centre at 3-1-1.