Protect your Property from Flooding

Flood Message Reminder

Who to contact:

The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority issues flood messages to Pickering on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Follow @TRCA_Flood on Twitter for regular messaging.

Flooding is considered the most significant natural hazard in Ontario in terms of death, damage and civil disruption.

Flood Tips:

  • flood messages - know the difference between a flood watch and a flood warning. A watch means flooding is possible. A warning means flooding is occurring or will occur soon. Visit TRCA for flood forecasting and warning
  • before a flood - turn off basement furnace and main gas valves and unplug appliances and electronics.  (Do not attempt to shut off electricity if any water is present. Water and live electrical wires can be lethal. Leave your home immediately and do not return until authorities indicate it is safe to do so.)
  • before a flood - move furniture, electrical appliances and other belongings to floors above ground level
  • during a flood - if you are in a car, do not drive through flood waters or underpasses. The water may be deeper than it looks and your car could get stuck or swept away by fast water. An average car cannot pass through water deeper than 0.3 m (1 foot).
  • after a flood - appliances that may have been flooded pose a risk of shock or fire when turned on. Do not use any appliances, heating, pressure, or sewage system until electrical components have been thoroughly cleaned, dried, and inspected by a qualified electrician.
  • Basement flooding: what you should know

View more flood tips from the TRCA.

Visit the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources for more information on flooding in Ontario.