The Provincial Government's Department of Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs Fire and Emergency Services has issued a release warning residents of the province of the high rainfall expected for Friday night for some areas of the province - including this one.
According to the release and Environment Canada, post-tropical storm Bertha will cause many areas of the province to see high levels of rainfall over the next 24-48 hours. Some areas will see up to 50mm of rain by Saturday morning, especially areas in the East and North.
The Department is advising that Municipalities and local service districts should revisit their emergency management plans and ensure first responders are informed of possible adverse weather. Public works crews should make every effort to remove debris from culverts, drains, streams and underneath bridges to allow for the free flow of water and to prevent unnecessary flooding.
Residents should keep emergency preparedness top of mind. A few simple steps now, as outlined below, may prevent personal harm if a serious incident were to occur:
Ensure sump pumps are in working order;
Keep all household drains free from debris;
If you become aware of flooding on streets or observe areas where culverts are blocked, contact municipal officials to advise them of the situation as soon as possible;
Familiarize yourself with your insurance policy;
For information about insurance coverage please visit the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) website:www.ibc.ca/en/Natural_Disasters/Protect_Yourself_from_Climate_Change/Are_you_covered.asp
Watch for weather warnings and advisories;
Follow local weather forecasts – http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html?prov=nl
Prepare and maintain a 72 hour emergency kit – www.getprepared.ca;
Develop an emergency plan, remembering the specific requirements of pets or any person in your household with a medical condition, mobility issues, or other special needs -www.gov.nl.ca/fes/; and
Be aware of all local emergency numbers.
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