In addition to washing clothes at home, some homeowners also may want to look for signs that they’re living in a home that is in a flood zone.
The city’s flood-prevention department recently released a report detailing how the department tries to identify these flood signs, and where they’re located.
The report, which was prepared for the city, also noted that in the first 10 days of January, about 12,500 homes and businesses in the city were in flood zones.
It found that there were 1,921 homes in flood zone and 1,624 in flood water.
It also found that, during the same period, 7,764 homes were in evacuation zones, and 5,769 in floodwater.
The department said that in many instances, it’s possible to tell a flood from a flood by its size and location, because flood water typically is much thicker than the surrounding water.
“We can tell that it’s a very large flood in a smaller area because there are so many people around and because of the size of the river.
There are so few homes and so much water coming out,” said Karen Ritchie, an associate flood management specialist with the city’s Flood Control Department.”
You can tell the difference between the flood in flood control area and flood in the flood-control zone.
If the water is a little bit higher and there’s a lot of people in flood-treatment areas, it may be a flood in some of those areas.”
Ritchie said that when people think of flooding, they think of big floods like Hurricane Katrina in 2005 or Superstorm Sandy in 2012, and the devastation caused by that kind of disaster.
But, she said, a flood that’s very small may not have the same impact on your home.
“It could be a small flood, a really big flood that does not affect you at all, so we can still tell if it’s in a larger flood zone,” she said.
“So, we know we can identify if a flood is in flood or flood water, and that’s when we can tell when we need to evacuate.”
Ritter said she’s seen people with flooded homes, including one woman who had to leave her home because of floodwaters in her backyard.
“That’s one of the most difficult things to do is you have to go to the hospital, you have two kids and you’re out of water,” Ritter said.
“If there’s an emergency and it’s very serious, you’re not able to go back in because there’s no way to get in.”
For more information on the flooding issue, visit the city of Ottawa’s website.