The Town of Whitby is developing programs and regulatory tools that demonstrate a commitment to the environment. These initiatives will bring about positive change for our community.
The Town is identifying a number of environmentally responsible practices, in collaboration with residents and businesses, to reduce the Town's environmental footprint. For example, stormwater management ponds are used to temporarily contain stormwater runoff, provide treatment to remove pollutants, and then slowly release the water back into the Town's natural waterways to prevent downstream erosion and flooding.
We encourage you to visit this section often, as additional sustainability and environment-friendly resources will be posted throughout the year.
The Town of Whitby has been experiencing heavy rainfall and there is the potential for increased flows and higher than normal water levels in our creeks and streams. While no flooding is anticipated at this time, staff are continuing to monitor. Below please find information on flooding to be aware of.
Before a Flood
If a flood event is predicted:
- Determine if your home is in a flood zone and understand your area’s flood evacuation route options www.cloca.com
- Keep an emergency kit stocked and in your home. Your safety kit should include a flashlight, batteries, bottled water, canned food, a weather radio, and first aid supplies.
- Keep important contact information in an easily accessible location, such as the phone number to your utility companies.
- Ensure you have at least an extra three days of any prescribed medications on hand.
- Create a family communications plan that outlines how you will be able to reach loved ones if a flood event occurs.
- If time allows, prepare your home by lining the base of your exterior walls with sandbags. The Town of Whitby does not supply sandbags to residents.
- Ensure your utilities are in proper working order, including plumbing check-valves, and your sump pump. Make sure electric circuit breakers or fuses are properly labeled and easily accessible.
- Contact your insurance company to determine if your homeowners’ insurance policy includes flood insurance if you don’t have a separate flood policy.
- Pack a bag for each family member in case you are instructed to evacuate.
- Charge all your necessary electronic devices, including your cell phone, in case power is lost during the storm or you are instructed to evacuate.
- Sign up for emergency notifications from your local government.
- If you are ordered to evacuate, do so promptly and by following designated evacuation routes. If time allows, disconnect appliances and utilities, and lock your home.
- Safely clear debris from roadside catchbasins (grates) to help water enter the storm sewer.
- Clear eaves troughs and downspouts of leaves and other debris that prevent drainage.
- Keep the safety of your pets in mind.
During a Flood
If a flood occurs and you were not able to evacuate, follow these safety recommendations:
- Avoid floodwaters. Deep waters could mask dangerous debris or hazards, and unexpectedly fast currents could quickly carry you or your vehicle into an even more dangerous situation.
- Do not enter any room of your home where flood waters are covering electrical outlets, or where electrical cords are submerged. If you see sparks or hear a buzzing, the water could be electrically charged. Avoid the area at all costs.
- Continually check for updates from your local government www.whitby.ca and Conservation Authority www.cloca.com
- Obey “Road Closed” signs at all times.
- Ponding water on roadways may occur when they are intended to work as an overland flow route.