EOC Update: Evacuation Alerts and Orders remain in place, flood recovery

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Sunday, November 21, 2021 3:00 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is working with Electoral Areas, Indigenous communities, member municipalities, fire departments, and community partners to ensure the safety of residents, provide the necessary supplies, and assist with recovery efforts.

Please avoid non-essential travel and follow any travel restrictions the Province of BC may impose under the provincial state of emergency. Use the interactive map to see your property’s status by typing the address into If you must leave your current location, check drivebc.ca for the latest updates.

Evacuation Alerts and Orders remain in place. Use the interactive map to check your property’s status by typing the address into the search bar.

Avoid working in or around fast-moving water, be aware of debris and hazards

Please avoid working in or around fast-moving water and be aware of fallen or unstable trees and utility poles, damaged gas and power lines, and water and sewage contamination.

Prior to beginning any works around a stream, river or other waterway, you must be aware of provincial requirements and required applications and notifications.

Rapid Damage Assessment teams are visiting properties in the region including Tulameen and Coalmont in Electoral Area H (Rural Princeton) as well as the Town of Princeton. Re-entry kits and information are being distributed directly to properties impacted by flooding. The RDOS Emergency Operations Centre is working with the Town of Princeton and partner agencies to identify and dispatch professional services including electrical, gas, and restoration.

If you have a coloured placard on your home, please be aware:

Green placard:

re-entry permitted if the property is not located within an Evacuation Order area. 

Yellow placard:

access is restricted subject to varying conditions. Further information will be provided on the placard. 

Red placard:

do not enter the property unless authorization has been granted by the jurisdictional authority.

Emergency Support Services

If your property is under Evacuation Order or Alert due to flooding, please register with the Evacuee Registration and Assistance (ERA) tool (https://ess.gov.bc.ca) or call 1-833-498-3770.

Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA)

The Province of BC has approved DFA for the Interior.

DFA may not be available in certain circumstances including, but not limited to:

  •  If flood insurance was reasonably and readily available to a property owner.
  •  Dwellings such as vacation homes and property other than a principal dwelling.

See the Disaster Financial Assistance webpage for more info.

Donations and Assistance

If you would like to donate funds or supplies for evacuees, please email donations@gov.bc.ca or call the Canadian Red Cross at 1-800-418-1111.

If you would like to donate funds or supplies to Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team (ALERT), please visit alertcanada.org or call 250-809-7152.

Please consult with Interior Health before offering or providing well water, milk from your cows or other dairy animals, or home-cooked meals.

Drinking Water

Well water may be compromised after a flood and should be tested prior to consumption. If you are unsure about the safety of your drinking water, follow the guidance provided here: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthlinkbc-files/disinfecting-drinking-water

Agriculture and Livestock assistance

Livestock relocation assistance is available to producers impacted by flooding. Please contact the RDOS EOC for information about agricultural support. Information and support regarding livestock relocation can be found at: https://emergency.rdos.bc.ca/resources

Visit http://emergency.rdos.bc.ca for helpful links and information, or call the EOC: 250-490-4225

Use the interactive map for current information including Evacuation Orders and Alerts.  

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