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Residents warned to take precautions against potential flooding in low-lying areas

With high winds expected and flood warnings in place, the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit (HNHU) is reminding residents to take appropriate precautions for their safety.

The HNHU advises residents to prepare supplies that would sustain them for up to 72 hours in the event of an emergency. The kit should contain items such as a flashlight, radio, personal hygiene products and medication, as well as food and drinking water.

Do not walk or drive through floodwaters, as they can be deeper than they appear. Water levels can rise quickly, so exercise extreme caution when travelling along the Lake Erie shore or near rivers and creeks. Driving through flooded streets also creates a wake that can cause issues for adjacent homes and businesses.

 

Stay away from downed power lines, and obey any road closures in place.

 

Listen to local radio and news stations to keep up to date on the situation. Check Long Point Region Conservation Authority’s website at www.lprca.on.ca and the Grand River Conservation Authority’s website at www.grandriver.ca for flood status updates. County and Health Unit websites may also provide useful information regarding flood safety measures.

 

Stay prepared by monitoring flood forecasts and warnings posted by your local conservation authorities.

 

Learn more about the steps you can take to protect yourself before, during and after a flood at https://hnhu.org/health-topic/floods.