Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Flood impacted homes and business must heat this winter

The City is urging flood impacted homes and businesses to safely heat their premises this winter to prevent further flood damage.  Excess moisture in the ground from this year’s flood increases the risk of structural and water service damage to a property left unheated.

Properties should always be safely heated using a furnace, or other gas fired heating appliance.  Installing a carbon monoxide detector on each floor is also strongly recommended.

Frozen water lines and even breaks are another real risk to an unheated property this winter.

The Canadian Red Cross might be able to help home owners still without a furnace with its Winter Emergency Heat Program. Qualified home owners can be assisted with the installation of a furnace or hot water tank.  For more information contact the Canadian Red Cross at 1-866-696-6484.

The City is also asking neighbours aware of an unoccupied property to contact 311, and anyone worried about the welfare of a neighbour can contact 211 for more information.

For more information regarding unoccupied properties, and tips to prevent further flood damage caused by frost heaving visit or contact 311.

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