After the water recedes, homeowners are encouraged to check on-site septic systems and contact the local environment office if it is not working. Homeowners should also ensure oil tanks are secure. Anyone in need of financial assistance to meet basic needs can apply for income assistance by contacting the local Community Services office. Requests are assessed on an individual basis to determine need. If a person is not eligible, staff can advise of other community supports that may help. Mr. Landry applauded the efforts of local responders. “I want to commend all of the municipal and provincial support staff, as well as the emergency first responders, for their professional and compassionate handling of this event. They planned well and were prepared,” he said. In the coming days, information on the extent of the damages caused by the storm will be gathered. For more details on flood clean up and safety, visit http://emo.gov.ns.ca . The province is urging residents to make safety the priority as waters recede, roads are repaired, bridges inspected and clean-up efforts continue today, Sept. 11, in Colchester County. “Monday was a tough day for Truro residents. I saw that for myself,” said Ross Landry, Minister for Emergency Management. “As the premier said this morning, the province will meet soon with municipal officials and experts to develop an action plan that addresses the growing issue of flooding in central Nova Scotia.” There have been no new reports today of flooding in the Truro area, and many roads reopening. Residents are advised to check road conditions before travelling. “Please be careful today and continue to help each other as everyone works to clean up properties and communities,” said Mr. Landry. All provincial beaches, day-use and camping parks will reopen by 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, with two exceptions. The Shubenacadie wildlife Park will reopen at its regular 9 a.m. time, and McNabs Island Provincial Park will be inspected by Department of Natural Resources staff. Updates will be provided at www.novascotiaparks.ca . EMO is reminding homeowners and residents: To contact insurance agents as soon as possible if there has been damage. Make a list and photograph or videotape all damages and items that had to be discarded Keep a record of flood-related activity, such as time spent cleaning, and keep copies of all invoices and receipts Do not use flooded appliances, electrical outlets, switch boxes or fuse/breaker panels until they have been checked by local utilities. Arrange for qualified workers to reconnect gas, pump or electrical supplies Leave and contact the gas company immediately if there is a smell of gas Rinse away contamination inside the home and dispose of the rinse water Clean and dry out the house and salvageable possessions as quickly as possible Household items contaminated by sewage, or that have been wet for a long time, have to be bagged, tagged and discarded according to local regulations Some food that has come into contact with flood water must be discarded. Canned food can be cleaned. First, remove labels, then clean cans using a mixture of one tablespoon of bleach to one litre of water. Then label clean cans with a marker. Throw out any cans that are bulging, damaged or opened. Homeowners with private wells for drinking water should test the supply and not drink the water until they are certain it is safe to drink. Test kits are available at the Department of Environment district offices. The department is working with municipalities to have test kits available at municipal offices.