Be Smart around Rising Water

It’s that time of year again. As our local rivers swell due to rain, the City of Chilliwack reminds residents to be smart around fast flowing waterways.

One important reminder is that while you enjoy our dyke system’s recreational trails, please remember that they serve a very important purpose and restrict your activities to the top of the protected dyke area.

Here are some additional tips:

  • Never try to drive through floodwater; it may be deeper than it appears or the water may rise more quickly than expected. If a car stalls in floodwater, get out of the vehicle quickly and move to higher ground.

  • Many materials can cause contamination of water and soil in a flood. Please store all chemicals, such as pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers in waterproof containers and store above flood levels.

  • Floating garbage can cause health problems. If you are at risk of being flooded, please ensure all garbage and refuse is moved to higher ground or removed.

  • Stay away from downed power lines and contact your local utility company or police department to report the issue.

  • Gas control values, circuit breakers or fuses that have been submerged should be replaced to avoid fire hazards.

  • Unplug electrical appliances and move them to a higher level.

  • Know how to safely turn off your gas in the case of an emergency. For more information, visit www.fortisbc.com/NaturalGas/GasSafety/SafetyHomeWork/CareOfYourMeter/Pages/How-to-turn-off-your-meter.aspx

  • Secure and shut off all propane tanks and gas lines if you need to leave your property.

  • There is a health risk from standing water in houses or other buildings. To remove mold and mildew, wash affected areas with a solution of one part household bleach to ten parts water.

  • For more information, visit One Step at a Time to Flood Recovery at http://www.pep.gov.bc.ca/floods/docs/recoveryguide.pdf

  • Be in the know and keep up to date on river levels in Chilliwack at chilliwack.com/floodprotection.