Preparing for a flood

Many residents and businesses in the Lower Mainland are located in a floodplain - close to or beside local rivers, creeks, or coastlines.

Reduce the chances of flood damage by:

1  Reading material about flood reduction supplied by the local
2  Walking around the home after heavy rainfall to see where water
       is pooling. If water flows toward the home, the owner should get
       professional advice about directing water away from the home.
3  Cleaning gutters and downspouts.
4  Making sure the home’s drain tiles work. The basement will
       flood if tiles are old or plugged and need replacing.
5  Flood proofing the basement or ground floor, which involves
       sealing the foundation.
6  Installing backflow valves on basement floor drains, washing machine drains, toilets and sink drains.

7  Locating the storm sewer on the road. It will look like a large grate and is designed to carry storm related water runoff. If
        it’s plugged with leaves, the owner should phone the local municipal public works department and they will clean it.
8  Buying a sump pump and testing it so it’s ready to be used if needed during heavy rain storms.
9  Contacting the municipality to find out where sand and bags are available should a flood occur.

Here is a useful Handbook for Reducing Basement Flooding.

Flood insurance

In Canada, flood insurance isn’t available to home owners. Other water damage may be covered by homeowner policies, including sewer backup and burst pipes, but not for overland flooding.


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