With the considerable amount of snow and ice still on the ground in many parts of the province, there is a risk of flooding as temperatures rise.
“Some communities are experiencing localized flooding, and as it gets warmer, more and more communities are at risk of flooding,” said Mark Furey, Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office.
“We encourage Nova Scotians to try to protect their property and prepare for flooding. This includes keeping storm drains clear of snow and ensuring water can drain away from dwellings and basements.”
If a home is flooded, people should:
— turn basement furnace off and shut off outside gas valves
— not try to turn off the main power box if it is not in a dry, safe location. Contact Nova Scotia Power at 1-877-428-6004
— not stand or wade in water where it is in contact with electrical equipment
— not use well water for drinking, cooking or bathing until the water has been tested and determined to be safe
— contact a local environment office at 1-877-936-8476 with questions about water
People should not:
— return home until authorities have advised it is safe
— re-enter a home where the main power switch was not turned off before flooding, until a qualified electrician has determined it is safe
— use any appliances, heating, pressure, or sewage system until electrical components have been thoroughly cleaned, dried and inspected by a qualified electrician. They can pose shock or fire risks when turned on
— use power until the main electrical panel has been cleaned, dried, and tested by a qualified electrician to ensure it is safe
For more information on preparing for a flood, visit novascotia.ca/dma/emo/prepare_for_an_emergency/risks/floods.asp .
For more information on well-water safety, visit http://novascotia.ca/nse/water/docs/FACT.SHEET.Well-Water-After-a-Flood.pdf .