Flood Services Canada (www.FloodServices.ca), the Greater Toronto Area’s leading 24-hour emergency flood, fire, and smoke damage restoration response service team, is advising Canadians to prepare for what will be an abnormally brutal week of extreme cold and excess snowfall.
The holiday season has ended with a bang, and not the kind one would expect. Cold weather and some snowisthe norm this time of year, but this week will see extreme cold and heavy snowfall throughout. This weather will be affecting not just Toronto and the GTA, but also areas all across the country. (Source: “Canadian winter in full force as 9 provinces under warnings, watches,” CBC web site, January 4, 2015; http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/canadian-winter-in-full-force-as-9-provinces-under-warnings-watches-1.2889322.)
“It’s a week people really need to prepare both themselves for by dressing extra warm and their homes for by making sure things like the heating system are up and working,” says Chad Vanvari, owner of Flood Services Canada. “We’re talking about deep freeze, –20 degree temperatures, and possibly even freezing rain. There’s definitely a lot of potential for some bad things to happen, so people just really need to be mindful with even simple activities like crossing the street.”
Arctic air is responsible for this extreme weather in Southern Ontario, causing Environment Canada to issue an extreme cold weather warning throughout the entire province and nine other provinces around Canada.
“We’ve seenfromthe last winter in the GTA that extreme cold and weather conditions can lead to some fairly drastic circumstances,” Vanvari adds. “While experts aren’t predicting an event as extreme as the ice storm last year, it’s always good to be prepared for the worst so people and their families are able to maintain in case something does happen.”
Vanvariexplains that even after this week is over, especially if the large amounts of snowfall continue, theafter-effectscan be just as dangerous for homeowners.
“Flooding is always a concern if large bodies of snow melt away too quickly,” he notes. “It’s certainly something we at Flood Services Canada are geared up and ready for should any of those situations arise.”
“We’d like to remind those returning from holiday vacations to be wary of the weather and adjust their travel plans accordingly,” Vanvari concludes. ”And if a problem arises, residents of the GTA should contact Flood Services Canada for any water and flood damage restoration.”
For more information on Flood Services Canada’s services related to extreme weather and other circumstances, visit the web site at www.FloodServices.ca or call 416-999-3930.