Due to our location next to the Grand River, there is always a risk that floods can happen in Kitchener. Prepare for rising water and to stay safe during a flood.

On this page:

  1. Flood alerts
  2. Safety tips
  3. Flood facts

Flood alerts

The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) works to protect people and property from flooding. You can sign up for flood alerts on their website.

Safety tips

During a flood, please:

  • listen to local media and follow our social media accounts for up-to-date information
  • note key areas under warnings from GRCA
  • stay far back from water
  • keep pets on a leash
  • wait until authorities give an all clear before going near rivers and ponds

Please do not:

  • walk in the flooded areas
  • drive around road barricades

Flood facts

Here are some quick facts about fast moving water and their depths:

  • six inches deep: can knock an adult off their feet
  • one foot deep: can push a car off the road
  • two feet deep: can cause a car to float with the current