If you live or work in a flood-prone area, here are some steps you can take to reduce the danger and damage from high water:

To reduce basement flooding:

  • Keep shovels, sandbags, plywood sheeting and nails and lumber on hand to cover basement windows.
  • Consider having floodproof closures built and fitted for windows and doors.
  • Consider installing basement window wells that extend above ground level to help prevent surface water from entering the basement
  • Consider installing backwater valves to prevent water from backing into the basement through the combined (storm and sanitary) sewers when heavy rain overload the system.
  • If the basement floods frequently, move water heaters, furnaces and other appliances to the first floor — and raise electric outlets well above the basement floor level.

If flooding does occur:

  • Electricity, gas and water services should be turned off.  However, no one should wade into flooded basements or standing water to plug or unplug, turn off or operate electric fixtures or equipment.   The risk of fatal shock is very great.
  • Never walk or drive into standing or rushing water; it can conceal all sorts of unexpected hazards.