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Summer storms can quickly create dangerous conditions, like flooding and downed power lines. Use the tips and resources below to understand how to prepare for and stay safe in severe weather.

​Preparing your home for summer storms

Summer storms can cause flooded basements and power outages. Here are some tips to proactively prepare your home and what you can do during a storm to prevent flooding.

  • Sign up for power outage alerts in your neighborhood – so you'll know why the power is out and be given an estimate on when it will be back on.

  • Schedule a free Flood Prevention Home Checkup. We can inspect your property and identify things you can do to minimize the risk of floods in your home.

  • Help protect your basement from flooding by installing a backwater valve. Learn more about our backwater valve subsidy program.

  • Prepare for power outages; create a preparedness plan for your family with a list of emergency phone numbers & a well-stocked emergency kit, including batteries for medical equipment and cell phones

Prepare for power outages

Minimize your risk of basement flooding during heavy rain

Lower the risk of sewage systems backing up into your home during heavy rain by limiting your water usage. During heavy rain:

  • Do not run your dishwasher, or washing machine
  • Do not flush your toilet
  • Do not have a shower or take a bath

Even if you have a backwater valve we still recommend limiting water usage during a storm to ensure your backwater valve can work properly.

(Maybe we should put the backwater valve video here?)

Road safety during summer storms

Summer storms can come with intense rains that can lead to flooded streets, downed power lines, and other dangers on the road.

Underpass flooding

Severe summer storms can flood an underpass in just a few minutes. Just two feet of water can cause problems for most vehicles. 

  • Avoid underpasses. Take an alternative route.
  • Don't stop your car under an underpass.
  • Watch for signage warning of flooded underpasses.

​Downed power lines

Strong winds or bolts of lighting can knock down or short power lines. Power lines may show no signs of being energized and can cause serious injury or death if you come in contact.

  •  If you see a downed power line do not drive over it. Assume it is energized, stay at least 10 metres/33 ft away and call (780) 412-4500.
  • If you can't drive away or are stuck on the power line stay inside your vehicle and call 911. Learn more about power equipment safety today!

Summer storm safety tips for your community

The heavy rains that can cause havoc in your home and on the road can also affect your community.

  • Stay away from dry ponds during the rain; they can quickly fill with water.
  • Catch basins can fill up quickly during an intense rain storm, and manhole covers can become dislodged. Avoid both.
  • Be aware of any fallen trees on power lines and notify us at (780) 412-4500.

 Sign up for power outage alerts

When the power goes off unexpectedly, it can sometimes be hard to tell if it's just your home being affected. Sign up for outage alerts to receive text or email notifications when the power goes off in your area.

We'll let you know why the power is out, how long until power is restored, and when the power is back on.

Sign up now