Flood cleanup and health notice from Sudbury Health Unit

Flood prevention and cleanup: protect your property and your health
Issued: Thursday, March 14, 2019

With warming weather conditions, localized flooding from meltwater and precipitation is a potential risk for homes.

As promoted by the City of Greater Sudbury, you can help prevent home flooding by:

  • Checking your sump pump to ensure it is working properly and to making sure your sump pit is not blocked by debris.
  • Repositioning your downspouts, if possible, to direct water away from the foundation and neighbouring properties.
  • Moving valuables stored on basement floors to a safe location if you are concerned about basement flooding.

If residents do experience flooding, Public Health Sudbury & Districts has the following cleanup tips:

  • Contact your insurance company.
  • Do not go into flooded basements where electrical panels may be affected by the water. DO NOT attempt to shut off electricity if any water is present.
  • Take the appropriate safety measures when dealing with flooding to prevent illness and injury to yourself and others.
  • Restore your home to good order as soon as possible to protect your health and prevent further damage to the house and its contents.
  • If a food storage area is flooded, only undamaged, commercially-prepared foods in sealed, unopened, airtight, waterproof cans, jars, or waterproof pouches are entirely safe to use. However, these cans, jars, or pouches must be carefully inspected, cleaned, and disinfected before use.
  • Keep in mind that food contaminated with bacteria might not look or smell spoiled—when in doubt, throw it out!

For detailed information on cleaning up after a flood, visit www.phsd.ca/health-topics-programs/emergencies-being-prepared/floods/cleaning-flood.

If you have questions about food safety or cleaning up after a flood and would like to speak with a public health inspector, please call Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705.522.9200, ext. 398 or visit www.phsd.ca.

Filed in: Briefs, News

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