After a flood
- Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
- Check with authorities on safety of water supply.
- Be aware, food left in your home may be spoiled or contaminated. Disinfect everything that may have gotten wet to sanitize and control mold growth.
- Use caution when driving as roads may be unsafe.
- Use caution near downed power lines and flooded areas.
- Detailed damage assessments will be undertaken by the GNWT for community and resident owned property not covered through their insurance.
Typically it takes a number of weeks to complete these damage assessments; in the meantime when safe to do so, residents and property owners are encouraged to dry out their homes/properties and cleanup debris while keeping a detailed list and pictures of all damages should it be asked for by an assessor.
- Once damage has been assessed, there may be emergency work identified that require quick action to prevent further damages (eg. mould abatement); for those repairs not covered under insurance the GNWT may seek to facilitate hiring a contractor to conduct these emergency repairs.
In addition, the GNWT is working to have a survey conducted of peak flood levels for the affected communities in order to document the extent of flooding and support a territorial disaster assistance claim to the federal government.
- Apply for Disaster Financial Assistance, which is limited to essential items, the loss of which was neither preventable nor insurable.
The amount of financial assistance provided for each accepted claim is 80 per cent of the amount of the total eligible costs and the maximum amount payable per applicant is $100,000.