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Be Prepared For Flooding

If You Have To Evacuate

The Winnipeg Humane Society urges pet owners to take their pets with them if an evacuation order occurs. They recommend having an emergency supply kit ready which includes:

A three-day supply of food and drinking water, as well as bowls, cat litter and a container to be used as a litter box.

Current photos and descriptions of pets.

Up-to-date identification, including an additional tag with the phone number of someone out of the area in the event the pet becomes lost.

Medications, medical records and a first aid kit stored in a waterproof container.

Sturdy leashes, harnesses and carriers to transport pets safely as well as blankets or towels for bedding and warmth. Carriers should be large enough to comfortably house your pet for several hours or even days.

Be sure cattle are properly immunized in case they are

exposed to flood water.

Here is some advice from the North Dakota State University Extension Service on how to protect rural residences and other structures, livestock and crops from flooding:

Protecting your home and other structures

Test your sump pump to make sure it is operating properly.

Move snow away from building foundations.

Build small ditches to divert water away from your property.

Get downspouts in place so that as snow melts, they will carry the water away from your house.

Build a dike around your home or other structure.

Put appliances such as washers, dryers and freezers up on wood or cement blocks to keep the motors above water level. Also put furniture on blocks or move it to a higher location.

Shut off power to flood-threatened electrical appliances at the fuse box or breaker panel. Also shut off power to parts of the home or other structure that might flood.

Move valuables, such as irreplaceable family photos, high school yearbooks, tax records, insurance policies and household inventories, and hazardous material, such as agricultural chemicals, paint, oil and cleaning supplies, to higher locations.

If your septic system’s drain field is flooded or saturated, plug all basement drains and drastically reduce water use in the house. Repair any leaking fixtures.

Don’t do the following: run water from a basement sump pump into the septic system, let water from roof gutters or the sump pump discharge into the drain field, use the dishwasher or garbage disposal or do laundry.

Plug floor drains if flooding is occurring next to the house. Plug basement floor drains with removable plugs available from hardware stores. You also can use a durable, flexible rubber ball about 1-1/4 times the inside diameter of the drain pipe. Brace the ball with a 2×4-inch board against the ceiling.

Unbolt toilets from the floor and plug the outlet pipe using the same procedure as for plugging floor drains. Also plug shower drains and washing machine and basement sink drain connections the same way.

Tie down lumber, logs, irrigation pipes, fuel tanks and other loose equipment or material to keep it from floating away in flood water.

Move motors and portable electric equipment to a dry location.

Use material such as heavy plastic and duct tape to seal your well cap and top of the well casing to keep flood water out.

Place rip-rap on the banks of earthen manure storage areas where flowing water may erode berms.

Have an emergency power source, such as a standby generator.

Assemble supplies, such as water, food that doesn’t require refrigeration or cooking, a non-electric can opener, battery-powered flashlight and radio and extra batteries, in case your electricity goes off.

Protecting your livestock and crops

Be sure cattle are properly immunized in case they are exposed to flood water.

Move machinery, feed and grain to a higher elevation. The upper level in a two-storey barn makes a good storage area.

Move livestock to higher ground.

If you have dairy cattle, develop plans for moving your cows to temporary milking facilities and learn about emergency milk pickup services available in your area.

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