Checklist of Flood Preventative Measures
The following is a list of checks that the City recommends that you the resident do which may help save your property from flooding.
Prior to a Storm
1. Window Well or Basement Door Drains
Check that your window wells or basement door drains are free flowing by running water through them and seeing if the water drains satisfactorily. If not, clear the drains.
If you have a sump pump in your basement, check that it is in working order by lifting up the float. The pump should kick in. If your pump does not kick in, or if you have had problems with your pump on other occasions, you should consider replacing it, or having your plumber check it out.
If you have a sump pump and a power outage occurs during a storm, the pump will not protect your basement. Consider getting a battery backup or generator, available at hardware stores.
During a Major Flooding Event
If your basement has water backing in it, do not enter the basement until you have had the power cut off by Newfoundland Power. Doing so risks electrocution. City staff are instructed not to enter a basement with water ponding in it unless the power has been cut off from the outside.
The City cautions persons to avoid approaching open coastal areas where wave action may be significant and pose a hazard such as Cape Spear and areas along the East Coast Trail.