Spring weather means melting snow and ice, and an end to winter's deep freeze.
Due to a variety of conditions this winter - ice storm debris, snow and ice accumulation, and now spring rain - the City of Brampton's Emergency Management Office
advises residents there is a higher than average flood risk this spring.
Protect your property
- Give water a path to drain. Melting snow and
ice needs somewhere to go. If it is safe to do so, clear a path on your
property to the nearest catch basin or street, so water can flow freely.
- Clear excess snow on your property.
- Ensure catch basins and downspouts are
unclogged. View a map of catch basins in the city.
If flooding occurs:
- Never attempt to turn off power if you must walk through water to do so. Contact Hydro One Brampton to shut
- Never step into a room where
water may be in contact with electrical outlets, appliances or cords.
- Report abnormal water accumulation (e.g. large
pools of water on residential streets) to the City by
calling 311 or emailing email@example.com
After flooding subsides:
- Ensure proper cleanup of your home/property to protect against long-term risks related to mold
and water seepage.
- Don’t walk or drive through flooded roads. Water
accumulation may affect the safety of streets and sidewalks.
Listen to a battery-powered radio for flood or storm updates.
Watch for branches and broken glass when you come back after the flood.
Stay on firm ground. Moving water only six inches deep can sweep you off your feet.
Avoid touching things with bare hands/feet.
Go to higher ground.
- Attempt to access closed builldings, secured areas or closed bridges.
- Drink, wash or walk in floodwater as it may be contaminated by sewer water.
- Drive on a flooded road as the road may have been swept away under the water.
- Put valuable items/appliances in the basement where they are more likely to be flooded.