EOC Update: regional overview Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 3:00 pmNews Article
Friday, November 26, 2021 3:00 pm
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is advising residents to be aware of potential flooding. Based on available information, including weather advisories, areas prone to flooding may flood again as the weather changes.
Evacuation Alerts along the Similkameen River and Tulameen River are in place to advise residents of the potential dangers of slope instability near the rivers. Properties located at higher elevations have not been identified as areas of immediate concern.
Evacuation Alerts are issued out of an abundance of caution based on recommendations by subject matter experts.
An Evacuation Alert prepares residents to evacuate the area should an Evacuation Order be issued. As much advance notice as possible will be provided prior to an Evacuation Order, however you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions.
Dangerous weather pattern for BC
Three atmospheric rivers forecast to affect BC over the next seven days and have been consistently forecast. Event duration: Thursday, November 25 to Wednesday, December 1, 2021. High winds may accompany these storms on the BC Coast and parts of the BC Interior.
Recent EOC Updates
The RDOS EOC is working with the Town of Princeton EOC to provide support. For the latest updates, please visit https://princeton.ca.
Rapid Damage Assessments Teams
More than 400 rapid damage assessments have been conducted across the Regional District as of Friday, November 26, 2021.
Rapid Damage Assessments numbers to date (RDOS)
239 green placards: re-entry permitted if the property is not located within an Evacuation Order area.
159 yellow placards: access is restricted subject to varying conditions.
8 red placards: do not enter unless authorization has been granted by the jurisdictional authority.
Six locations arecurrently operational within the Regional District. Sand and sandbags are available to protect homes, businesses, and properties. Sandbagging locations are supplied with sand and empty sandbags. Please arrive with proper equipment including gloves, boots, safety glasses, and a shove. Be prepared to fill your own sandbags. Sand is not intended to be taken off-site for other purposes.
Tulameen and Coalmont
Residents remaining in homes impacted by flooding are reminded to check in at the Tulameen and District Fire Hall. Crews continue to undertake repair work on Tulameen River Road and Coalmont Road, north of Otter Lake.
Manning Park, Eastgate and San Ang Way
Rapid Damage Assessment have been conducted in the area.
For a complete list of sandbagging locations, please visit https://emergency.rdos.bc.ca.
Please continue to check on neighbours and report any concerns to the RDOS EOC.
In the case of an emergency or danger to life and safety, please call 9-1-1 immediately.
Emergency Support Services (ESS)
If your property is under Evacuation Alert or Order due to flooding, self-register with Emergency Support Services (ESS) at ess.gov.bc.ca to report that you have safely left the area or call 1-833-498-3770.
By registering, you will be eligible for emergency shelter and food if you have not made other arrangements. Please be advised, ESS is working toward contacting individuals within 24-48 hours.
Large item removal
If you are disposing of appliances damaged by flooding, please ensure items inside (such as food in fridges), are removed and disposed of separately.
Donations and assistance
Please click here to donate to the Canadian Red Cross British Columbia Floods & Extreme Weather appeal, call (toll-free) 1-800-418-1111, or text BCFLOODS to 30333.
Please click here to donate food or money to support the Princeton Food Bank.
To donate funds or supplies to Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team (ALERT), please visit alertcanada.org or call 250-809-7152.
Be aware of scams when making donations. Please make donations to recognized local or national charities only such as the Canadian Red Cross.
Contact Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) www.ibc.ca or call 1-844-227-5422.
Voyent Alert! now available for use
Once you’ve registered, you are automatically signed up for emergency notifications.
Please be proactive during the transition by regularly checking www.rdos.bc.ca for updates, and tune in to local news sources. In the event an Evacuation Order is issued, the notice is provided by authorities going door to door.
For more information, please visit: https://voyent-alert.com/ca/community
Please note: CivicReady will cease to provide routine and emergency notifications effective November 28, 2021. If you previously subscribed to CivicReady notifications, you will be migrated to the new Voyent Alert! system beginning December 2021.
For further information, please call the EOC during regular business hours Monday to
Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.
Issued by EOC Director