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After Flooding
Once the flood waters are gone, life after flooding can resume carefully. You need to return home and start again:Don’t return home until authorities have confirmed that it is safe to do so.
  • If the electrical power wasn’t cut before the flood, do not enter your home until a qualified electrician has confirmed that there is no danger.
  • Be cautious when returning home after a flood.
  • Appliances that got wet during the flood pose the risk of electric shock or fire.  Don’t use any electrical appliance, heating system, or sewer system until a qualified electrician has confirmed that there is no danger.
  • Your electrical fuse box must be cleaned, dried, and tested by a qualified electrician before use.
  • Depending on where you live, those in charge of municipal or provincial inspections are required to obtain permission and authorization from your electrical company before restoring power to your home.
Structural Integrity
  • Make sure your building is structurally safe before entering.
  • Pay attention to any weakening or collapsing in the walls or floors.
  • Pay attention to holes in the floor, broken glass, and other dangerous debris.
  • It’s possible that your water source may have been contaminated during the flood by sewage or other toxic substances and can carry harmful diseases.
  • If the color, odor, or taste of the running water makes you question that its been contaminated, avoid drinking it.
  • Household items damaged during the flood should be disposed of according to the regulations of your local municipality.
  • Store all damaged, valuable documents in the freezer.  When you have time, contact your attorney to determine which affected documents must be kept and which can be replaced.  In some cases, he may advise that you keep only the information on the document and not the document itself.
  • If possible, document the flood damage using a camera or video recorder.
  • The damage sustained must be quickly communicated to your insurance agency and local municipality.

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