(Photo courtesy of the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority)

Preparing For Flooding In Chatham-Kent

Emergency officials in Chatham-Kent have some safety tips for local residents as flood warnings continue across the region.

Chatham-Kent Fire and Emergency Services (CKFES) Chief Bob Crawford is reminding drivers that you should never drive through water on the road.

“You can’t predict how the road surface will be below the water — it’s a bad practice [to drive through it],” says Crawford. “It’s not just damage to your vehicle… your car performs differently when it’s in the water and you can find yourself in the river.”

The latest advisory from the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority (LTVCA) says with high water levels that make their way down the Thames River from London, flooding is expected in Thamesville and Chatham by late Friday.

CKFES is also reminding residents that you should have a 72-hour emergency kit ready — especially if you live in a flood-prone area that may need to be evacuated.

That kit should include:

  • A copy of your emergency preparedness plan

  • Flashlights

  • Extra batteries

  • A First Aid kit

  • Two litres of bottled water per person per day

  • A battery or crank operated clock and radio

  • Non-perishable, ready-to-eat foods

  • Warm clothing and blankets

  • Games, cards, and books to keep everyone busy

In addition to those suggestions, local power provider Entegrus has some tips for flood-prone property owners.

They’re advising you not to go into a flooded basement if you suspect the water level has risen above the electrical outlets, baseboard heaters, or is near your electrical panel. If that is the case, you should contact Entegrus or your local electric utility and have them safely disconnect your power.

You should also make sure you do not plug in or use electrical appliances that have been wet until they have been checked by a licensed contractor or serviced by the manufacturer.

You should also keep an eye out for downed power lines in flood-affected areas and if you see one, stay back 10m and call 911 and Entegrus to report it.