Winter storms in our region bring high water and waves. When combined with high tides (especially King Tides) these conditions can create storm surges which can cause flooding and coastal erosion. As sea level is expected to rise dramatically over the next century, it is expected that storm surges will be able to flood areas not previously impacted, affecting near-shore development. Some areas in our coastal communities may be susceptible and must prepare for potential flooding and marine impacts.


Precautions to Take

Before a flood:

  • Know if you live in a flood-risk area
  • Prepare personal emergency supply kits for your home, car and work (plan for at least a three-day supply of food and water for each family member)
  • Have a grab-and-go kit ready if you have to leave your home quickly
  • Keep important papers in watertight containers and have a record of your valuables in a safe place
  • If flooding is likely in your area, pay attention to the local media for information
  • Watch for warning signs: increase in height and intensity of water flows, mudslides, debris in creeks, colour changes in water or leaning trees
  • Know that banks of rivers and streams may be unstable and dangerous
  • Teach your children about flood safety
  • Consider arrangements for your pets and any livestock
  • Check on elderly or disabled neighbours to ensure they are aware of the situation


Marine Oil Spill

The Ministry of Environment is responsible for Provincial response management for marine spills under the Emergency Program Act and the Emergency Program Management Regulation (Schedule 1).

To report a marine oil spill, please call the 24 hour toll-free number: 1.800.663.3456

When reporting a spill, the caller should be prepared to provide the dispatcher the following information, if possible:

  • your name and contact phone number;
  • name and telephone number of the person who caused the spill;
  • location and time of the spill;
  • type and quantity of the substance spilled;
  • cause and effect of the spill;
  • details of action taken or proposed;
  • description of the spill location and surrounding area;
  • names of agencies on scene; and
  • names of other persons or agencies advised concerning the spill.

Marine Oil Spill Contact Information

Provincial Emergency Co-ordination Centre/Ministry of Environment

Flooding Information