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Health and Safety

 There are many things to consider during this time, but your health and safety should be your top priority. Follow information provided by trusted resources when returning home.

For support, visit the following online resources for returning home after a flood:

All residents who are impacted are encouraged to register with the Canadian Red Cross. Register by calling 1-800-863-6582.

Boil Water Advisory

The RMWB and Associated Engineering continue to make progress on a multi-phase plan to flush, disinfect, and test water in the Water Treatment Plant and the 375-kilometer potable water distribution system. Visit rmwb.ca/water to learn more.

Buses

The staging area for buses to and from temporary residence at camps is located on the west side of Franklin Avenue between Main Street and Morrison Street. The first bus leaves the camp at 8 a.m. and the last bus leaves the camp at 7 p.m.  The last bus leaves the Franklin Avenue site at 8 p.m. 

Asbestos 

Homeowners need to be aware that houses built before the mid-1980s may contain asbestos materials.

These materials include drywall mud, ceiling tiles, insulation and floor tiles. Remember that in many older homes, materials may have been replaced over the years and may be newer than the mid-1980s. New materials are not likely to contain asbestos.

To lessen your risk of asbestos exposure, please take the following actions:

  • Avoid breaking materials that may contain asbestos.
  • Keep materials wet. Dry materials are more likely to emit particles into the air.
  • Immediately place the materials in a thick plastic bag and seal it.


For more information, please follow 
AHS guidelines.  

You can also find comprehensive information on asbestos in the Government of Alberta’s Asbestos Manual. 

Download: Alberta Asbestos Manual

Mould

Mould growth is common in water-damaged homes and buildings. Because exposure to indoor mould growth can result in various health hazards (including difficulty breathing, skin rashes and nose, eye and throat irritation), it’s important to remove mould-damaged materials and repair mould damaged-areas quickly and safely.

To protect yourself from mould exposure, please take the following actions:

  • Avoid disturbing mouldy surfaces and materials to decrease the spread of mould spores through the area.
  • Immediately place all waste with mould in a thick plastic bag and seal it.
  • Scrub surfaces with cleaning agents (e.g., soap and water).
  • Wear a properly fitted mask designed to prevent the inhalation of mould spores.

For more information, Alberta Health Services provides additional Steps for Mould Remediation In Private Homes.

Mental Health support is available:  

FLOOD RECOVERY: Information and resources