Weather Emergencies-Spring


Spring is here!            

 Be prepared for what it brings

The long-awaited spring is finally here. It’s the time of year for people to be outdoors and enjoy the warming temperatures and sunshine. But with that, comes the potential for unstable weather conditions. Heavy rainfall, high winds, thunderstorms and even tornadoes can strike during this time of year. Now is the time to plan and prepare.

The most common springtime phenomenon is flooding caused by heavy rain and snow melt.  While the weather itself may not be an emergency, the damage caused could be.  

Basement Flooding

Here are some tips to help:

  • Keep melting snow and ice away from your foundation walls
  • Ensure your downspouts are not blocked and are draining properly, away from your foundation walls.
  • If it is safe to do so, clear debris from roadside catchbasins (the square sewer grates on the road) to help water enter the storm sewer.
  • If you are worried about an immediate threat of basement flooding, prepare your basement by moving valuables to shelves or upper floors. Cleaners, paint or chemicals should also be taken off the floor so that they do not further contaminate any floodwater that may get into your home. 

While some flooding is normal in the spring, if you are concerned about your property or see a Township roadway or park has flooded, contact us.
Learn more about flood prevention and drainage

Power Failures

 A power interruption is often caused by freezing rain, sleet storms and/or high winds which damage power lines and equipment.  An interruption can last from a few hours to several days.  While all efforts will be made to restore power as quickly as possible, severe weather conditions can greatly delay the process. 


  • Make sure your personal emergency preparedness kit is complete and well stocked
  • Prepare a portable preparedness kit in case of evacuation
  • Turn off/unplug electrical appliances to avoid a fire when the power is restored
  • (keep a radio or light on so that you will know when power has been restored)
  • Make sure you are extra careful if you are using candles…..flash lights are a better choice
  • Make sure your home has a working carbon monoxide detector. If it is hard-wired to the house's electrical supply, ensure it has a battery-powered back-up. To learn more about carbon monoxide, click here.
  • Keep appliance vents clear of snow and ice. Drifting snow may block appliance intake and exhaust vents. If a vent is obstructed, the appliance may malfunction or create a build-up of carbon monoxide.

General Advice

Specific Emergencies


Special Considerations

Other Resources


Weather Alerts

Warning - Issued when severe weather is either imminent or occurring. Severe thunderstorm warnings, by their nature, will be issued less than one hour in advance. Severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings may be issued specifically for smaller warning or "sub-regions" within the regular forecast area where available.

Watch - Issued when conditions are favourable for the development of severe weather. Watches are typically issued for local-scale events in which the timing and location of occurrence remains uncertain; such as severe thunderstorms or tornadoes. A watch is normally issued several hours in advance. A watch issued for severe summer storms is typically issued up to six hours in advance. 

Special Weather Statement/ Advisory -   Issued in a freestyle format for weather events that are unusual, cause general inconvenience or public concern and cannot adequately be described in a public weather forecast. A Special Weather Statement may also be issued to indicate any potentially hazardous situation in the long term forecast. 

Environment Canada


Recommended Precaution

Use of Home Generators

Home generators are handy for backup electricity in case of an outage, but must only be used in accordance with the manufacturer's guidelines. A back-up generator may only be connected to your home's electrical system through an approved transfer panel and switch that has been installed by a qualified electrician. Never plug a generator into a wall outlet as serious injury can result when the current produced by the home generator is fed back into the electrical lines, and transformed to a higher voltage. This can endanger the lives of utility employees working to restore the power. (