A storm surge is an abnormally high coastal water level caused by strong winds and low air pressure during storms.
- Occur on all of Canada's coasts, including those of the Great Lakes.
- Occur with severe storms such as hurricanes, blizzards, and ice storms.
- Can damage buildings, docks, boats and other structures near the shoreline.
What to do
- Your property may be prone to flooding from storm surges. If so, do not store valuables and emergency equipment in your basement or lower floor. Consider removing exterior doors and windows to your basement and sealing holes and cracks.
- Consider securing small structures such as cottages and mobile homes to a foundation to prevent them from being floated off their footings. If possible, seek shelter in a more secure building.
- Storm surges are predictable and are typically forecast as part of coastal storm warnings. Monitor weather forecasts.
- If flooding is predicted, be prepared to turn off household power and gas. Evacuate when instructed to do so by local authorities.
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