Keep a supply of materials such as ropes, wire, sandbags, plywood, tools, plastic sheeting and lumber handy for emergency waterproofing. Keep an updated list of local suppliers of those items.
Managing the Event
Shut off electrical power to areas where flooding is imminent. Move farm equipment and supplies to high ground where possible. Anchor fuel tanks firmly if empty to ensure they will not float awayin flood waters. Close valves.
Do not enter a flooded basement or building unless you are positive the power is disconnected.
- Ensure that your well head is protected by a surface seal and a cap to prevent downward movement of water and contaminants. Be ready to turn off the electricity to your well pump just prior to the flood;
- Remove all chemicals and store away from any flood levels, pesticides, fuel and fertilizers may cause pollution and even poisoning;
- Sandbag around buildings, and barn doors; and
- Contact your processor/ grader/ hatchery regarding the flock when a flood is predicted.
How to Recover Effectively:
Flooded buildings must be checked for structural integrity. After a flood, do not use flooded electrical outlets, appliances, switch boxes or fuse-breaker panels until they have been checked and cleaned by a qualified electrician.
- After the water subsides, clean and dry out the building as much aspossible to prevent mold and structural issues; and
- Test your well water to ensure it is safe for human, livestock, and poultry consumption after a flood. Water test kits are available from your Public Health Unit and often from municipal offices.
As with all disasters, take pictures of damage to submit to your insurance agency.