Keeping yourself and your home safe during a flood

During a flood, this is what you can do around your home and property to help prevent flood damage. Flood Ready Canada has more detailed information.

The Water Resources Branch monitors flood risk across the Yukon. We issue ice breakup forecasts and advisory notices when there's a risk of flood.

Find flood risk reports and alerts on the water level conditions page. Alerts are also posted on Facebook and Twitter, on our website Yukon.ca/emergencies and through posters, community meetings and other methods. The tools used to communicate during an emergency depend on the location and severity of the flood.

Move your belongings stored outside to locations that are safe from flooding. This can include:

  • motorized equipment;
  • vehicles; and
  • recreational gear.

Install barriers for low-lying assets that cannot be relocated. Stacked sandbags make good barriers.

If there's backup, pump excess water out of the septic fields and septic tanks. This will ease the pressure on the system due to the rise in the water table. Check that your septic tank covers are secure.

Garages, sheds and basements can be vulnerable to flooding. Valuables should be moved out of low-lying areas.

Any items stored in these areas should be lifted off the floor. Elevate heavy appliances by placing them on wooden or cinder blocks. Lighter items can be stored on shelving units.

Put weather protection sealant around your home's:

  • basement windows; and
  • base of ground-level doors.

Know where your home's electrical panel, water shut-off valves and propane or oil tank shut-offs are located. If a flood is approaching your home, turn off any appliances that you are not using.

Water and electricity do not mix. If water is already present in your home, do not try to turn off your power. Instead, phone the electric company.

Secure your propane tank so it does not float away during a flood. If the tank is damaged during a flood, evacuate people and animals uphill. Propane is heavier than air and will flow along the ground like water. Propane will settle in low areas.

Secure other items on your property so that they are not carried away during a flood.

Flooding can contaminate your drinking water. If by looking, tasting or smelling your water, you think it's contaminated, do not drink it. Before drinking or using contaminated water, boil it to purify it.

Boil water for 2 minutes at a rolling boil before using it for:

  • drinking;
  • cleaning food;
  • preparing food;
  • baby formula or drinks;
  • washing dishes;
  • making ice; or
  • brushing teeth.

Contact: 

If you have questions, email emo.yukon@yukon.ca or phone 867-667-5220.