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RDOS Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)- Contact Info

EOC Direct Line                      : 1-250-490-4225 (8:30 am - 4:30 pm)

ESS Registration Line             : 1-250-809-6561

Disaster Financial Assistance : Info

Map of Sand/Sandbag Locations/ Evacuation Alerts/ Evacuation Orders

Sandbag Removal Registration - EMBC Sandbag App

June 23, 2017 - Keep Flood Protections in Place / Starting the Recovery Process

Although lake levels in the South Okanagan are declining slowly, water levels remain at historic highs. This means residents along lake shorelines should remain vigilant and continue to bolster flood protection measures on their property. Locations for sand and sandbags available to the public can be found at: www.rdos.bc.ca/news-events/eoc/current-eoc

Recovery planning is now underway for the eventual removal of sandbags. The public can help inventory sandbags on private property by using the new online app from Emergency Management BC. The app will allow you to identify the location, number and types of sandbags for removal.  The website is  https://embc-maps.lightship.works or Google “EMBC Sandbag app”. Alternatively, residents can register by calling the Emergency Operations Centre at 250-490-4225. Data gathered will be used for planning and assessment of the demobilization of flood protection measures in the coming weeks.

Sandbags:

All private properties along the foreshore are asked to continue to keep sandbags and other flood protection measures in place. Residents should not remove any sandbags at this time as windstorms and boat wakes can still potentially damage property.

Over 500,000 sand bags have been distributed throughout the Okanagan-Similkameen. The Ministry of Forest Lands Natural Resources, under the Water Sustainability Act, requires that no sand be dumped or emptied intentionally along any creek, river, waterbody or foreshore. Instead, the Province of BC will pay Local Governments to remove full sandbags. The disposal process will be coordinated by Local Governments and there will be no cost to residents. Again, please use the online app to identify your sandbags to the local authority for eventual removal.

Natural Debris:

Natural debris includes trees, branches and other organic materials. These materials that have washed into the foreshore of local lakes can be brought to local landfills as yard waste. There is no charge for the first 500 kg (1100 pounds) of natural debris brought to any landfill.

Introduced Non-Natural Debris:

The RDOS is working with other regional districts and the provincial government to coordinate the removal of non-natural material such as docks, lumber and large plastic drums from local lakes. This material cannot be treated as yard waste and requires special handling. Residents that wish to conduct their own clean up should ensure pieces of debris do not exceed eight feet in length. This material will be treated as garbage at the landfill.

For more information please visit www.rdos.bc.ca, e-mail info@rdos.bc.ca, call 250-490-4225 or toll-free 1-877-610-3737. 

June 10

 

ALERT:Sandbags To Stay In Place Until Further Notice

 

RESCINDED:Evacuation Alert for homes along Testalinden Creek - Information Release

RESCINDED:Evacuation Alert for homes along Tin Horn Creek - Information Release

RESCINDED:Evacuation Alert for homes along Hester Creek -  Information Release

June 9- Evacuation Order Recinded For Properties in Olalla, BC

June 9 - Rescind of Evacuation Order of Properties Along North Mill Road Naramata, BC

June 8 - Evacuation of Properties along Mill Rd in Naramata, BC

June 6th - Local State of Emergency Declared for Red Wing Resorts

The Penticton Indian Band and the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) have declared a Local State of Emergency for Red Wing Resorts. Red Wing Resorts is immediately west of the City of Penticton along Okanagan Lake and the Penticton Channel.

High water levels in Okanagan Lake have raised the potential for flooding but at this time there is no call for an evacuation of any homes in the Resort area. The Local State of Emergency has been issued so that local responders can react quickly if required. Any residents affected by any changes that warrant potential evacuation will be contacted directly.

The RDOS is actively helping people deal with flooding. Resources include free sand and sand bags. If you require sandbags, please call the Emergency Operations Centre: 250-490-4225 or Toll Free at 1-877-610-3737. For after-hours emergencies, please call the Provincial Emergency Program at 1-800-663-3456.

If property damage happens due to flooding, you may be eligible for assistance through the Disaster Financial Assistance program. They can be contacted at 1-888-257-4777 or visit their website at http://www.gov.bc.ca/disasterfinancialassistance.

June 4th - Lake Levels Expected to Keep Rising

Media Release

Properties along local lakes should leave all sandbags in place. Lake levels are expected to keep rising over the coming weeks. The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has reported that Okanagan Lake could rise as much as 27.5 cm (10.8 inches) from its present level as of Sunday June 4th.

To protect from waves, properties along local lakes should consider sandbagging to approximately 80 cm (2.5 feet) above the lake level today. Proper sand bagging techniques, to better deal with wave action, can be found at www.rdos.bc.ca under “Popular Links”.

The RDOS is asking residents and visitors to limit boat use, especially on Okanagan, Skaha and Osoyoos Lakes, that can create wakes or waves. Boat operators should also watch their speed to avoid floating or hidden debris.

Tubing on local rivers is not advised on the Penticton River Channel, Okanagan River or Similkameen River at this time. Rivers are exceptionally high, fast and more dangerous than usual. Debris may be moving through the water that can hurt people. The speed and power of these rivers can put people at risk.

May 30th, 2017 Mandatory Evacuation Order and Advisory Evacuation Alert for Homes in Olalla, BC

Information Release

A State of Local Emergency and an Evacuation Order has been issued for 6 homes in the northern part of Olalla along 1st and 2nd Street. Keremeos Creek flooded its banks last week and several of the affected residents have already voluntarily evacuated themselves. Rising water has affected septic tanks, electricity and roads to the homes prompting the formal evacuation of the affected homes.

The Evacuation Order has been issued for 6 homes along Road 1 and Road 2, north of Olalla, BC:

  • 2660 1st Street
  • 2649 1st Street
  • 2645 1st Street
  • 2641 1st Street
  • 2637 1st Street
  • 2636 2nd Street

Any affected residents, even those staying with family or friends, are asked to register as soon as possible by calling the Emergency Operations Centre at 250-809-6561. For after-hours emergencies, please call the Provincial Emergency Program at 1-800-663-3456.

Residents are asked to shut off all gas and electrical appliances other than freezers and refrigerators. Gates should be closed but not locked. Residents should gather family members and critical items (medicine, purse, wallet, keys) only if immediately available. Take pets in kennels or on leash.

A precautionary Evacuation Alert has also been issued for an additional 11 homes in the northern part of Olalla along Keremeos Creek. The properties under an advisory Evacuation Alert are:

  • 2661 1st Street
  • 2657 1st Street
  • 2653 1st Street
  • 2648 2nd Street
  • 2640 2nd Street
  • 2641 2nd Street
  • 2637 2nd Street
  • 2633 2nd Street
  • 2624 3rd Street
  • 2612 3rd Street
  • 1675 HIGHWAY 3A

Affected residents will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to evacuation; however, residents may receive limited notice due to changing conditions.

For more information please visit www.rdos.bc.ca, e-mail info@rdos.bc.ca, call 250-490-4225 or toll-free 1-877-610-3737. 

Sand and Sandbag Locations May 27, 2017

Residents who have sandbagged areas on their properties, should leave them in place as a precautionary measure. Any residents that have experienced flooding on their properties or want to be proactive can obtain sand and sandbags at the following locations.

Link to Sand and Sandbag locations map

Naramata –There are 4 locations in Naramata

  • Sand and sandbags at Naramata Fire Hall on Lower Debeck Rd,

  • Sand at Mill Rd, north of 4395 Mill Rd in open area west side of road,

  • Sand at Robinson Point cul de sac near 20 Robinson Point,

  • Sand at Indian Rock boat launch north of 218 Summer Set Lane.

Town of Osoyoos – Sandbags at the Public works Yards, 11500   115th St, Osoyoos stacked outside the gates for after-hours pick-up. Sand available across the street from the Dairy Queen, on Main St.

Rural Osoyoos – Sand and sandbags available at the corner of 91st Street and Highway 97 at the north end of Osoyoos Lake.  

Keremeos, Cawston and area residents – Sand and sandbags available at Village of Keremeos Irrigation Pump Station, 900 Sparks Dr, corner of 1st and Sparks Dr.

Olalla - Sand and sandbags at 2644  7th St.

Town of Oliver -  There are 2 locations in Oliver for sand and sandbags

  • Public Works Yards, 5971 Sawmill Rd.,

  • Oliver Fire Hall, 369 Similkameen Ave.

Willowbrook- Sand and sandbags at Willowbrook Fire Hall, 3395 Willowbrook Rd.

Okanagan Falls –  Sand at the end of Cedar Rd, by the old Sewer Plant (by the river) and sandbags at the Fire Hall at 5013 11th Ave.

Vaseaux Lake – Sand and sandbags at 117 Sundial Road.

Summerland  - There are 2 locations in Summerland for sand and sandbags

  • Fire Hall 10115 Jubilee Rd,

  • Summerland Public Works at 9215 Cedar Area.

Faulder (Rural Summerland) Sand and sandbags at post box pull out, at the junction of Fish Lake Road and the Princeton Summerland Road.

Red Wing Resort Penticton – Sand and sandbags at Club House.

City of PentictonSand and sandbags Fire Hall #2 – 285 the corner of Dawson Ave. 

Town of Princeton – Sand and sand bags at Princeton Fire Hall, 174 Penryn Ave.

Tulameen – Otter Lake, Otter Creek –Sand and sandbags are available at the Fire hall.

If you require sandbags, please call the Emergency Operations Centre:

250-492-0237 or Toll Free at 1-877-610-3737

For after-hours emergencies, please call the Provincial Emergency Program at 1-800-663-3456.

For video ‘How To’  information on sandbagging and flood preparedness: http://www.rdos.bc.ca/departments/community-services/emergencyprotective-services/floodingsandbagging/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RegionalDistrictOfOkanaganSimilkameen/

EOC Update: Regional Flooding

Press Release May 24, 2017 3:30pm

Rescind of Evacuation Order of Properties Along Tinhorn Creek South of Oliver, BC

Information Release

RDOS Interactive Map of Current Evacuation Orders and Alerts

The Evacuation Order issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) last night due to flooding has been removed for properties south of Oliver, BC along Tinhorn Creek. All residents may return to their properties in the area but remain under a precautionary Evacuation Alert for the time being until creek levels subside.

Additional precautionary Evacuation Alerts are in effect for properties along Testalinden Creek, south of Oliver, and Twin Lakes, west of Kaleden. An interactive map has been set up at http://arcg.is/1HYDccC showing the present areas within the RDOS under precautionary Evacuation Alerts due to flooding. No areas within the RDOS are presently under mandatory Evacuation Orders.

Creeks in South Okanagan Still Dangerous

Information Release

If residents see a creek moving larger branches, trees or boulders they should contact the Provincial Emergency hotline at 1-800-663-3456. If there is an immediate risk to lives or property then residents should phone 911.

May 20, 2017 - Evacuation Order of 11 Properties Along Tinhorn Creek South of Oliver

RDOS Interactive Map of Current Evacuation Orders and Alerts

Information Release - Evacuation of Properties Along Tinhorn Creek

An Evacuation Order has been issued for properties south of Oliver, BC along Tinhorn Creek. At 4:30 pm today, a debris flood in Tinhorn Creek dragged debris downstream that has partially blocked culverts and has diverted the flow of the creek. Due to the threat of sudden flooding, properties at the bottom of Tinhorn Creek have been evacuated. All residents on the affected properties should leave immediately.

The Evacuation Order has been issued for 11 properties along Road 8 and Road 9, south of Oliver, BC which contain the following 12 civic addresses:

  • 450 ROAD 8
  • 152 ROAD 9
  • 212 ROAD 9
  • 238 ROAD 9
  • 242 ROAD 9
  • 250 ROAD 9
  • 278 ROAD 9
  • 280 ROAD 9
  • 292 ROAD 9
  • 298 ROAD 9
  • 306 ROAD 9
  • 350 ROAD 9

An Emergency Social Services reception centre has been set up at the Penticton Community Centre at 325 Power Street, Penticton, BC. The Reception Centre phone number is 250-809-6561. Any affected residents staying with friends or family are asked to register as soon as possible by visiting the Reception Centre in Penticton or calling the Reception Centre using the number above.

A precautionary Evacuation Alert has also been issued for an additional 4 properties south of Tinhorn Creek. The properties under an advisory Evacuation Alert are: 

  • 5046 HIGHWAY 97
  • 385 ROAD 9
  • 339 ROAD 9
  • 321 ROAD 9

 

 

May 19th, 2017 - Evacuation Alert for 9 Homes at Twin Lakes

A Local State of Emergency and an Evacuation Alert has been issued in the Twin Lakes area near Kaleden, BC. The threat of flooding in the vicinity of Horn and Nipit Lakes (Twin Lakes) has increased the potential danger to life and health, and property damage for the properties listed below.

Twin Lakes Road numbered properties:

186, 188, 190, 192, 194, 196, 198, 200, 202

No other homes in the area are presently under Evacuation Alert at this time.

PRESS RELEASE with more details and map

EOC Evacuation Mapping

Click here to see the map

EVACUATION ALERT For Homes Along Testalinden Creek

Information Release

EOC: Vaseaux Lake Update May11, 2017 1500 hrs

Vaseaux lake is rising. There are many homes in the community in close proximity to the water’s edge. The RDOS is advising residents to assess their current situation and anticipate waters rising further over the weekend and into next week.

The RDOS has delivered sand and sandbags to Sundial Road.

This morning, Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm watch for our flooded regions for today. https://www.google.org/publicalerts/alert?aid=79d6994595e450cf&hl=en&gl=CA&source=wweather

 If you require sandbags, please visit the RDOS website for the location of sand and sand bag depots closest to you. If you do not see a location close to you, call the Emergency Operations Centre: 250-492-0237 or Toll Free at 1-877-610-3737.

 For after-hours emergencies, please call the Provincial Emergency Program at 1-800-663-3456.

EOC : Weather Update and Precautionary Sandbagging

BC Rivers Forecast Centre has reported rising lake levels in Okanagan Lake and the main stem lakes. The lake is rising approximately 3 cm’s a day and this may have implications on lake levels downstream, including Skaha, Vaseaux, Oliver River system and Osoyoos Lake.  

Environment Canada has predicted thunderstorms and small amounts of precipitation (10 – 15 mm/day) for the Okanagan Valley from Thursday through this upcoming weekend.                       

 Environment Canada Statement for May 10: https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?bc30

River Forecast Centre: http://bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/warnings/advisories/flood52.htm

 Residents who have sandbagged areas on their properties, should leave them in place as a precautionary measure. Those residents that have experienced previous flooding on their properties and want to be proactive and can obtain sand and sandbags at the following locations:

 Electoral Area ‘A’ ( Osoyoos, rural Osoyoos)

Town of Osoyoos – sand bags at the Public works Yards, 11500   115th St, Osoyoos and sand will be placed across the street from the Dairy Queen, on Main St.

 Electoral Area ‘B’ (rural Cawston, Cawston)

Cawston and area residents – sand and sandbags available at Village of Keremeos Irrigation Pump Station, 900 Sparks Dr, corner of 1st and Sparks Dr.

 Electoral Area ‘C’(Oliver, rural Oliver, Willowbrook)

Town of Oliver – Public Works Yards, 5971 Sawmill Rd., and Oliver Fire Hall, 369 Similkameen Ave.

Willowbrook- at Willowbrook Fire Hall, 39440 Fairview White Lake Rd.

 Electoral Area ‘D’ (Okanagan Falls, Kaleden, Farliegh Lake, Twin Lakes)

Okanagan Falls –  sand at the end of Cedar Rd, by the old Sewer Plant (by the river) and sandbags at the Fire Hall at 5013 11th Ave.

 Electoral Area ‘E’ (Naramata, Glenfir, Indian Rock)

Naramata – at the Fire Hall on Lower Debeck Rd.

 

Electoral Area ‘F’ (West Bench, Sage Mesa, Faulder, rural Summerland)

Faulder Sand and sandbags located at post box pull out, at the junction of Fish Lake Road and the Princeton Summerland Road.

Red Wing – inside gates lake side of resort

Electoral Area ‘G’– (rural Keremeos, Village of Keremeos, Olalla, Hedley and parts of the Similkameen)

Village of Keremeos, Olalla and area residents -  Keremeos Fire Dept has sand and sand bags at 900 Sparks St., the junction of 1st  Ave and Sparks Dr. at the Irrigation Pump Station.   

 Electoral Area ‘H’(rural Princeton, Princeton, Similkameen, Tulameen, Osprey Lakes, Missezula)

Missezula Lake – Sand and sandbags at the beach.

Erris and Hayes areas (near Osprey Lake) 

Sand and sandbags are available at local Fire Departments.

Tulameen – Otter Lake, Otter CreekSand and sandbags are available at the Fire hall.

 City of Penticton - At Fire Hall #2 – 285 the corner of Dawson Ave.  all in place by 4 pm May 10th

 District of Summerland - At the Fire Hall 10115 Jubilee Rd, and Summerland Public Works at 9215 Cedar Ave.

 If you require sandbags, and do not see your area listed, please call the Emergency Operations Centre. The Emergency Operations Centre will be closed at 9:00 pm May 10 , reopening in the morning of   May 11 at 8:30 am. RDOS Emergency Operations Centre: 250-492-0237 or Toll Free at 1-877-610-3737

 It is important to be aware of the dangers being around creeks and streams at this time. High flow volumes causes banks and some crossings to become unstable and collapse. Keep children away from waterways, maintain a minimum of 10 meters from the banks, and keep pets on a leash.

 For after-hours emergencies, please call the Provincial Emergency Program at 1-800-663-3456.

May 8th - Financial Assistance For Flooding Victims

Press Release from Province of BC

May 7th, 2017 Emergency Operations Centre: Spring Freshet Flooding

Continued high water has created localized flooding for areas across the Regional District.

 Electoral Area ‘F’ (West Bench, Sage Mesa, Faulder, rural Summerland)

Sage Mesa – A boil water notice is in effect for all users due to increase in turbidity in Okanagan Lake.

Faulder – Darke Creek is running full, causing localized flooding along Fish Lake Rd. Sand bags have been delivered to affected residents.

Electoral Area ‘E’ (Naramata, Glenfir, Indian Rock)

Chute Creek flooding has caused several roads to become impassable until water levels recede. The Kettle Valley Railroad Trail in the Chute Lake section is also affected and difficult to traverse. It is recommended to avoid that area until further notice.

Indian Rock Road – is now open. The road has been repaired and evacuees may go back to their homes.

Glenfir Road – Road closed, barricades in place. Most residents will be sheltering in place. Penticton Search and Rescue (PENSAR) has been dispatched to assess any immediate needs of residents.

 Note: If you have already left your residence, please contact the RDOS Emergency Operations Centre for more information.

Chute Lake Road – Road closed, barricades in place. Penticton Search and Rescue (PENSAR) has been dispatched to locate any residents living or recreating in the area, and to assess their immediate needs. Note: If you have already left your residence, please contact the RDOS Emergency Operations Centre for more information.

Electoral Area ‘C’ – (Rural Oliver)

Testalinden Creek – Shoring work with heavy equipment continues on the south bank side of the creek below Highway 97.

McKinney Rd and Road 9 –continue to have areas of localized flooding. Baling of gravel above the Hwy. is being performed by Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. Sandbags have been supplied to residents.

Fairview Road – Remains closed. Barricades in place. Alternate means of access and egress to properties is via Cawston.

Electoral Area ‘G’– (Rural Keremeos, Cawston, and parts of the Similkameen)

Keremeos - Keremeos Fire Dept continues to deliver sandbags.

Electoral Area ‘H’ – (Rural Princeton, Similkameen, Tulameen, Osprey Lakes, Missezula) Missezula Lake has localized flooding. Sandbags have been provided by Town of Princeton. More sand and sandbags are available at the beach.

Erris and Hayes areas (near Osprey Lake) Sand and sandbags are available at local Fire Departments. Both departments are actively sandbagging Lee Creek.

Tulameen – Otter Lake, Otter Creek – Water levels remained stable overnight but flooding continues to affect over 30 homes, 11 of which are full time residents. Tulameen Volunteer Fire Department is providing assistance and support to local residents. Sand and sandbags are available at the Fire hall.

The RDOS has reached out to local First Nations to offer assistance.

If you require sandbags, please call the Emergency Operations Centre.

The Emergency Operations Centre will be closed at 9:00 pm May 7, reopening in the morning of May 8 at 8:30 am. Emergency Operations Centre: 250-492-0237 or Toll Free at 1-877-610-3737.

 For after-hours emergencies, please call the Provincial Emergency Program at 1-800-663-3456.

 

 

May 6th, 2017 Emergency Operations Centre: Spring Freshet Flooding

EOC update: 9:00pm

EOC Update: 6:30pm

May 5th, 2017 - Voluntary Evacuation of Properties along Indian Rock Rd Near Naramata

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has a Voluntary Evacuation alert for eight (8) properties at the end of Indian Rock Rd, near Naramata, due to flooding. Chute Creek has swollen its banks causing water damage to one home close to Okanagan Lake. Flooding has limited access along Indian Rock Road for the eight (8) properties at the very end of the road. The Naramata Fire Department and local Search and Rescue have been on scene to check in with residents.

A Reception and Registration Centre has been set up at the RDOS Office at 101 Martin Street in Penticton to receive any affected residents that wish to evacuate their homes at this time. Residents can call 250-492-0237 for more information.

Properties placed under Voluntary Evacuation are:

6749, 6751, 6757, 6761, 6765, 6769, 6771, 6775 Indian Rock Rd

A section of nearby Glenfir Road has also be affected by flooding. Residents in this area have been asked to shelter in place for the night. Glenfir Road is planned to be repaired tomorrow.

Other localized flooding has occurred in other areas of the Regional District. Residents are advised to stay well back from creeks and rivers due to safety.

For more information please visit www.rdos.bc.ca, e-mail info@rdos.bc.ca, call 250-492-0237 or toll-free 1-877-610-3737. 

Basic Information on Emergency Response

A link to the Regional Emergency Management page. Scroll down for advice or links to deal with flooding.

Emergency Management webpage