EOC Update: regional overview | Evacuation Alerts and Orders

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Friday, December 3, 2021 2:30 pm 

As a result of data from the ground, and an aerial flyover of the Tulameen River and Similkameen River, conducted on Friday, December 3, 2021, Evacuation Alerts and Orders are in the process of being updated.

For the latest updates, please visit https://emergency.rdos.bc.ca

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) continues to conduct Rapid Damage Assessments (RDA) throughout the region. If you have already received an RDA, but flood waters entered your home again during the November 29 - December 1, 2021 weather event, your home should be re-assessed.

With many homes impacted, various placards have been issued. For steps and protocols, including colour designations, please visit the Resources tab at https://emergency.rdos.bc.ca and select Recovery Information to view the checklist for re-entry.

Tulameen Resiliency Centre
A resiliency centre will be open at the Tulameen Community Centre on Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

The resiliency centre will be open to support residents within the area through the recovery process. This includes making connections with Emergency Support Services, Canadian Red Cross, and Disaster Financial Assistance.

Residents impacted by flooding are also encouraged to identify other needs within the community.

River Forecast Centre
UPDATE: ENDED - High Streamflow Advisory – Tulameen, Similkameen – ISSUED: Dec. 3, 2021 6:45 am

The River Forecast Centre is ending a High Streamflow Advisory for:

  • Tulameen River
  • Similkameen River

Rivers are receding after recent peaks following a series of three atmospheric rivers. Temperatures at Princeton and Merritt are forecast to be near or below freezing over the upcoming 7‐days. Rivers and creeks are expected to continue receding through this period. The risk of additional atmospheric rivers occurring along the British Columbia coast will remain through the fall & winter.

The public is advised to stay clear of the fast‐flowing rivers and potentially unstable riverbanks

during the high‐streamflow period.

Please do not travel unless absolutely necessary. Do not use backcountry or Forest Service Roads, they may be eroded and their stability cannot be guaranteed. If you must travel, check drivebc.ca for the latest updates.

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Please be proactive by regularly checking RDOS web and social media channels, and monitoring local media sources.

Twitter: @EmergMgtRDOS

Facebook: Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen

Sand and Sandbags
For current sandbagging locations, please visit RDOS mapping or call the EOC at 250-490-4225.

Residents are advised that sandbagging locations will be demobilized in the coming days, as the flooding threat decreases.

Issued by Director of RDOS EOC

Photos below (RDOS EOC)

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Kettle Valley Rail (KVR) Trail along the Tulameen River in Electoral Area H between
Tulameen and Coalmont. December 3, 2021

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Flooding along the Tulameen River in Electoral Area H near Tulameen. December 3, 2021

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Kettle Valley Rail (KVR) Trail bridge along the Tulameen River in Electoral Area H near
Tulameen. December 3, 2021