EOC Update: flood warning | regional overview

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021 11:30 am

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.

UPDATE: Flood Warning issued Wednesday, December 1, 2021 8:30 am

The River Forecast Centre is upgrading to a Flood Warning for:

  • Tulameen River (RDOS)
  • Similkameen River (RDOS)
  • Spius Creek
  • Coldwater Creek
  • Lower Nicola River

The public is advised to stay clear of the fast-flowing rivers and potentially unstable riverbanks during the high-streamflow period.

A Flood Warning means that river levels have exceeded bankfull or will exceed bankfull imminently, and that flooding of areas adjacent to the rivers affected will result. The River Forecast Centre continues to monitor the conditions and will provide updates as conditions warrant.

Prepare now
Now is the time to prepare your family, home and property for potential flooding. If you are in an area under Evacuation Alert, be prepared to leave at a moments notice. Evacuation Orders are in place when imminent risk to life and property exists due to potential flooding.

Flood Zones

BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC)would like to advise the public to be aware of the risks before re-entering a flood zone. Learn about some key hazards to be aware of when entering a flood zone.

For more information: Flood zones are danger zones (bccdc.ca)

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) continues to actively respond, monitor and assess highway closures due to flooding. For the latest information, please visit CURRENT ROAD ADVISORIES AND INFORMATION from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

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.

Evacuation Alerts and Orders are issued out of an abundance of caution based on recommendations by subject matter experts.

Evacuation Alerts and Orders

Reminder that all Evacuation Alerts and Orders remain in place within the RDOS. Use the interactive map to confirm whether your property is under Evacuation Alert or Order by typing your address into the search bar: https://emergency.rdos.bc.ca

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. 

List of current Evacuation Alerts and Orders – December 1, 2021 11:30 am

EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER issued for Electoral Area H (Rural Princeton)
Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 11:30 am

Evacuation Alert issued for a specified area along the Similkameen River in Electoral Area H (Rurual Princeton) Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021 11:00 am

The RDOS EOC is working with the Town of Princeton EOC to provide support. For the latest updates, please visit https://princeton.ca.

Sandbagging locations
Sandbags are available to those who need to protect homes, businesses and properties. Collection points can be seen on RDOS mapping – details are below:

  • Keremeos - 1st Ave. & Hwy 3A - Keremeos Irrigation Pump Station
  • Area B - Chopaka Rd, Cawston
  • Area H - 132 1st St, Tulameen and District Fire Hall
  • Area H - Chuchuwayha Hall, 5771 Highway 3
  • Area H – Eastgate Fire Hall
  • Area H - San Ang, east of Princeton

Visit emergency.rdos.bc.ca for locations and resource information including a sandbagging video created by the Regional District.

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.

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.

Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA)
Visit Disaster Financial Assistance webpage for more info. Please see the DFA Q&A for further information.

Contact Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) www.ibc.ca or call 1-844-227-5422.

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For further information, please call the EOC during regular business hours Monday to

Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.

www.rdos.bc.ca  | https://emergency.rdos.bc.ca

Issued by EOC Director