Flood Preparedness

Spring floodwater can enter your home in a variety of ways and poses health and safety risks. On this page, you will find information on flood prevention, what you can do to stay safe during a flood, and recovery after the event. Residents who are well prepared and have a plan will be better able to cope with the stress and disruption caused of flooding.

There is a higher chance of flooding in the Spring. Heavy rainfall can also cause flooding at any time. The risk of flooding in your area will depend on proximity to streams and floodplains. 

The following agencies are responsible for monitoring water levels in our region. View their website for updates and flood advisories.

Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board

South Nation Watershed Conditions

Preparing for a flood

Before a flood (advice from the Government of Canada)

Practical tips

  • Store important documents/papers, electrical appliances and other important personal belongings to the floors above ground.
  • Make sure your cellular telephone is always charged, and your gas tank is full should you ever be asked to leave your home.
  • Always have your emergency kit handyin a portable container such as a travel bag, backpack or suitcase on wheels.
  • If you are asked to evacuate your home, take your emergency kit with you, follow the itinerary indicated by officials and make arrangements for your pets.
  • Take care of the most vulnerable people in your neighbourhood who may need help or support.
  • Listen to your local radio or television station for the latest news and weather forecasts.


During a flood (advice from the Government of Canada)

In 2019, the Canadian Army filmed a video in Rockland on how to make a sandbag wall. Click on the image to view.

 Practical tips

During the spring thaw, melting snow and rainwater cause rivers and lakes to swell, making them very dangerous for people and pets. The risk of drowning and injury increases due to high water levels, faster flow, cold temperatures, and debris in and below the water.

  • Evacuate immediately. Take refuge in height as soon as possible.
  • Stay away from the edge of streams, as the banks can be slippery.
  • Do not walk or ride in floodwaters even if they appear shallow.
  • Keep children at a safe distance from floodwaters.
  • Don't lose sight of children and stay close to them when you are outside near water.
  • Keep pets on a leash. Do not try to save pets that are in cold water.

Be aware that flooded areas and their surroundings pose many risks, and that you will need to take precautions to protect your health.


 After a flood (Advice from the Government of Canada)

Practical tips

  • Get rid of
    • rusty, holed, dented, swollen or leaking cans.
    • all food that came into contact with floodwater or wastewater;
    • all items (such as single-use items) that cannot be properly cleaned and disinfected and have come into contact with floodwater or wastewater;
    • food that remained at room temperature for more than two hours.
    • porous paper, plastics and packaging (e.g. for rice, flour and muffin or cookie mixes);
    • wet caps or cork containers (e.g., dressings, milk, mayonnaise and beverages)
  • Clean and disinfect all equipment, containers, utensils and surfaces that come into contact with food.
  • Wash or discard mop and other cleaning equipment that has come into contact with floodwaters or wastewater.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and clean water after any cleaning activity.

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