It’s not clear what options are going to be available for getting rid of sandbags once the flood threat is over.
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure advises people to check with their local governments for information on the proper disposal of sandbags.
It warns, however, that sand and sandbags that have been in contact with floodwaters may be exposed to contaminants.
You’re encouraged to take precautions to ensure your own safety and the protection of the environment.
This includes wearing gloves and boots while handling sandbags.
Do not use the sand in playgrounds, sandboxes or other areas where there might be direct human contact.
Sandbag contents should not be disposed of in lakes, rivers, wetlands, floodplains, parks or other environmentally sensitive or protected areas.
Individuals are reminded they should always wash their hands with soap and warm water after contact with floodwaters or handling items that have come into contact with floodwaters.
If an open wound comes into contact with floodwater, soil, or contaminants, immediately:
* Clean it thoroughly with soap and warm water.
* Apply an antibiotic ointment to reduce the risk of infection.
* Apply a bandage.
* Check the wound and change the bandage regularly.
* See a doctor.