Flooding is the most frequent natural hazard in Canada. In West Vancouver, with plentiful creeks, rivers and significant annual rainfall, floods are a hazard that we must all be prepared for. Here are things you can do to minimize the impact on your property in the event of a flood:
- check street catch basins around your property to ensure they are clear of ice and debris. Check catch basins on the street to ensure they’re not blocked
- keep sidewalks around your home clear of snow and leaves
- use Yard Trimmings collection or backyard compost to dispose of leaves; don't rake them into the streets.
- shovel snow away from the house or basement windows
- avoid small creeks and rivers as their channels tend to be narrow and can fill up quickly. Also, eroded banks result in unstable ground. Most importantly, keep children and pets away from stream banks
- drive carefully. Never try to drive through floodwater. If your car stalls in floodwater, get out quickly and move to higher ground. If you are planning to travel, check the Drive BC website to follow current highway conditions and any road closures
- organize your individual and family emergency kit. It should contain important documents, prescription medication, a battery-powered radio, a flashlight and first aid kit. More information on emergency kits and supplies.
- always follow the instructions of local emergency officials and check the Emergency Management BC website for emergency preparedness information. Sign-up for North Shore Emergency Management’s RapidNotify emergency notification system and follow them on Twitter
- if rising waters become a threat to your safety, obey emergency officials who are involved in rescue or flood control operations, including those directing traffic.