They say April showers bring May flowers. Well, we are in for more than just a few showers. Southern Ontario is expecting in excess of 30 mm of rain to fall overnight and on Friday, and in some areas close to 50 mm may fall. Temperatures will then begin to dip and the rain could change over to freezing rain or snow.
With the grounds already near saturated, be prepared for potential water build up, sewer back up and flooding in and around your home. Some simple steps you can take to prevent damage include:
After recently being able to let in some warm, fresh air, ensure all windows and doors are closed
Move any important documents or items off your basement floor to elevated surfaces
Clear gutters of leaves and build up
If you have a sump pump, check that the battery is in good condition, and that the float is clean and moving freely
Reduce home water usage to reduce pressure on sewer systems
Above all stay dry, and stay safe.
Winter Driving | Be Smart Behind the Wheel
Wintery roads can make even the shortest trip a white-knuckling experience. In fact, studies have shown that December, January and February historically see the highest number of collisions than any other time of the year. Taking just a few simple steps can help keep everyone safe on the roads.You never know when you may need to brake quickly, and this is even more important on wet, icy or snowy roads and at night when visibility is worse... Read More.
Tips to Prepare for High Winds, Heavy Rains and Floods
Contact your municipal offices to inquire about disaster relief programs in your community
Keep the area around your home clear of garbage and recycling bins, patio furniture, yard debris and other objects that heavy winds could pick up and blow around
Clear eaves troughs and downspouts of leaves and debris and ensure downspouts drain properly - ideally six feet away from your home
Get a licensed professional to: install an anti-backflow valve; install a sump pump with a reliable power backup; inspect your current equipment; clear drains of roots or obstructions; and ensure drain systems are working properly
If it looks like water intrusion may occur, shut off the electricity and outside gas valve immediately. Move important personal documents and expensive items out of the basement to a higher floor to keep them safe from water damage
Never go near or touch fallen power lines. Call your local energy utility company to alert them to damage.
Prevent Water Infiltration
Check walls, floors, windows and foundations for cracks or leaks after a heavy rainfall or rapid thaw. Make any necessary repairs immediately.
Repair or replace damaged weeping tile systems.
Clear eavestroughs and downspouts of leaves and debris at least once a year – late fall is a good time.
Ensure downspouts drain properly – ideally six feet away from the home.
Be sure the grading around your home drains water away from all exterior walls.
Consider soft surface landscaping to direct storm water into the ground rather than the local sewer systems (e.g. increase sodded areas, porous pavements).
Consider the installation of rain barrels to prevent runoff.
Fort MacMurray Wildfires | We Were There
On May 1, 2016, the residents of the municipality of Wood Buffalo in Northern Alberta were enjoying an early summer, with record breaking temperatures of 30° + and no sign of rain in the forecast. Little did they know their lives would be turned upside down in days to come. A wildfire was beginning southwest of the city of Fort McMurray, and because of the hot, arid weather, there was no stopping its destructive path. On May 3rd a mandatory evacuation order was given for the town and over 100,000 residents were told to leave their homes, and leave quickly. People were displaced to evacuation centres and told to ‘wait and see’ what would happen next.
Over the coming days the fire would grow to 101,000 hectares, destroying almost everything it touched. And there was no rain in sight.
Read about how we were there to respond and support the victims of the wildfires through our cronilogical posts... Read More.
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We take these types of scams very seriously and we have reported this fraudulent activity to the appropriate authorities. We recommend that any individual who receives this letter report it to the police.