It’s important to learn what steps to take during a flood to ensure safety and mitigate damage to your property. This includes understanding the flood advisories and knowing how to respond if emergency personnel are unable to reach the area immediately. The following procedures are meant to minimize damage and hardship during a flooding emergency:
• During rainy conditions, monitor the Town website, social media channels and local media sources such as the radio (Eagle 100.9
FM broadcasts locally) for important weather information and safety instructions.
• If requested to leave the area, do so immediately and follow instructions issued by emergency personnel.
• Inform personnel if there is a neighbour who may need additional help—particularly the elderly.
In the event of an evacuation, do the following if time and safety permits:
• Secure your home. Move essential items to an upper floor and bring in outdoor furniture.
• Disconnect all electrical appliances and elevate any which are at ground level. If instructed by local authorities, turn off all utilities at
the main power switch and close the main gas valve.
• Fill bathtubs, sinks and jugs with clean water in case water becomes contaminated.
• If you have a well pump system or sewage lift pump, turn the power off.
• Avoid running taps, using toilets, or anything which results in additional wastewater entering the system, as it can easily cause an
• Don’t forget your pets; provide your pet with access to elevated spaces or counters.
• Ensure any chemicals which could contaminate the water are elevated.
• Prepare a bag with essential items including medications and a first aid kit.
• Move to the second floor if caught by suddenly rising water.
• Do not walk through moving water. It takes only as little as six inches of moving water to knock you off your feet, and it is difficult to
see what is below.
• If a road is barricaded, it is for safety purposes. Choose another direction or roadway.
• Do not drive in flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your vehicle, abandon it and move to higher ground if it is safe. One foot of
water will float many types of vehicles.
• Watch for downed power lines, damaged roads, or fallen objects on the road.
• Stay out of flood areas until the emergency personnel give permission to return.
• Reduce potable water use wherever possible. For example, don’t run dishwashers or washing machines. This will help reduce the
strain on the water treatment system. Floods cause additional silt to build up in the system resulting in it having to work harder to