Flooding can occur at any time of year due to heavy rains, melted snow or other leakages from a water source. When flooding occurs, it is important to know your flood risk, take action and prepare your home and family to stay safe. You can sign up for flood alerts to stay informed. 

Impacted by flooding?

If you have been impacted by flooding in some way, whether you’ve had damage to your home, water supply or personal health, Alberta Health Services provides many useful guides for you to stay safe before, during and after a flood.

Precautions for dealing with floods

If you find yourself having to be in close contact with flood waters, Alberta Health Services provides Flood Resources and Safety Information you should be aware of to stay safe and healthy. The most common precautions include:

  • Not entering the fast moving water
  • Not drinking or use any water well or cistern during a flood
  • Being aware of surface bodies of water
  • Not drinking or coming in contact with flood waters
  • Washing your hands with soap and warm water after contact with flood waters

Contacting your family doctor or HealthLink Alberta toll-free at 811 if you experience any illnesses including vomiting or diarrhea

What to do if your home floods

MyHealthAlberta provides many proactive measures you can take to stay safe during and after a flood. This includes information on cleaning your home after a flood including personal protection equipment, food, electrical and appliance precautions to avoid ingesting infected water or electrocuting yourself. There are also preventative measures to keep your house free of mould and long term damage.

What to do if your well water is affected by floods

If your water well or cistern has been affected due to flooding, it is important to not drink the water or use it in any way until you have done a test or have been advised the water is safe to drink. The following guides from MyHealthAlberta are helpful to learn how to clean and disinfect your water wells and cisterns: