Freshet season is just around the corner and it is time to remind everyone to be prepared for potential flooding. Grand Forks Fire Rescue has designated March as Flood Awareness Month.
As we know floods develop quickly so its important that we are ready well in advance.
Some of the key things to get ready in advance are:
Construct barriers to stop floodwater from entering the building, have working pumps on hand, unplug electrical appliances, keep and emergency supply kit, including water, stored in an easily accessible, waterproof place. Be prepared to evacuate, including fill your cars gas tank and most importantly evacuate if you are so advised.
During a flood:
Let someone know where you are going, help your neighbour, stay out of flood waters if possible, avoid the rivers edge and moving water, do not drive into flooded areas, stay away from downed power lines.
After the flood:
Do not return home until local authorities say its safe to do so, do not drink or cook with the tap water until authorities say its safe, Avoid floodwaters, which could be contaminated or electrically charged, watch for weakened roadways, clean and disinfect everything that got wet and service any damaged septic systems, pits and leaching systems as soon as possible.
Visit the RDKB and City of Grand Forks websites for updates on weather reports and flooding information.
Other stories on flooding in the region:
RDKB flood and geohazard risk assessment funding
Grand Forks Flood Properties
Additional 171 Evacuation Orders in Grand Forks Area