EOC Update: ice jams | preparednessNews Article
Thursday, December 30, 2021 12:00 pm
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is reminding residents and visitors to be aware of potential ice jams on area waterways, including the Similkameen River. The EOC continues to monitor flows along with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD). The EOC is activated to monitor and support potential ice jam events.
• If you live near the Similkameen River, be prepared to leave on short notice even if your property is not under Evacuation Alert
• If you notice ice jamming, and you or your property may be threatened, leave the area if it is safe to do so and call 9-1-1
• Keep a safe distance from waterways, ice jams, and river banks
• Water levels can fluctuate quickly and erosion can cause river banks to become unstable
During an ice jam, water levels can rise over minutes or hours. Ice jams can also release suddenly, sending fast-flowing water and ice downstream. An ice jam release can cause water levels to decrease quickly near the ice jam but rise downstream.
Tips to prepare for an ice jam:
• Follow information on weather advisories from the River Forecast Centre
• Have a plan and educate others, including neighbours
• Have access to a sump pump
• Know the risks associated with living in a floodplain
• Have an emergency kit and grab-and-go bag available and easily accessible
• Sand and sandbags may be issued by the RDOS EOC to residents whose homes are under imminent threat of ice jam flooding
• Visit the RDOS EOC website for tips and information: https://emergency.rdos.bc.ca/
For further information, please call the EOC Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm at 250-490-4225. If you would like to leave a message, the EOC phone is being monitored and your call will be returned as soon as possible. In the case of an emergency, please call 9-1-1.
Issued by EOC Director
Riverside Estates west of Keremeos, BC
Electoral Area G (Rural Keremeos)
Thursday, December 30, 2021