EOC Update: Rising waters in Tulameen area Sunday Nov. 28, 2021 3:45 pm

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The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is advising anyone remaining within an Evacuation Order zone in the Tulameen area of Electoral Area H to leave their properties immediately.

The River Forecast Centre has issued a Flood Watch advisory for the Tulameen River and rising water levels mean it may exceed bankfull with the potential to further impact homes, roads and other infrastructure. A flood warning may be imminent, and any residents that are still remaining within the Evacuation Order zone should evacuate.

Residents within the Evacuation Alert area of Tulameen and Coalmont should be prepared to leave their properties in a moment’s notice. If river levels continue to rise, seek out higher ground. The Evacuation Alert may be upgraded to an Evacuation Order at any time, and you should be prepared to leave your property immediately.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) is monitoring roads and highways in the area with updates available on drivebc.ca. Do not attempt to travel on water-covered or backcountry roads. Stay clear of fast-flowing rivers and other waterways, as well as potentially unstable riverbanks.

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.

For further information, please call the EOC during regular business hours Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.  In the case of an emergency or danger to life and safety, please call 9-1-1 immediately.


Issued by EOC Director