EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER issued for Electoral Area H (Rural Princeton)

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021 1:00 pm

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ORDER has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the immediate danger to life and property due to flooding along the Similkameen River in Electoral Area H, evacuation of properties in Schedule 1 is to commence immediately.

RCMP will be expediting this action.

The Evacuation Order is in effect for the following properties listed in the attached Schedules 1 and 2.

Schedule 1 – List of Properties

1260 HIGHWAY 3 

1285 HIGHWAY 3 

1261 HIGHWAY 3 

1295 HIGHWAY 3 

1264 HIGHWAY 3 

1301 HIGHWAY 3 

1269 HIGHWAY 3 

1306 HIGHWAY 3 

1277 HIGHWAY 3 

1309 HIGHWAY 3 


Mark Pendergraft, Chair
Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen

See Map Below 

Please visit the RDOS EOC website for resource links and information updates: https://emergency.rdos.bc.ca/resources/

Interactive Map of RDOS Evacuation Orders and Alerts:


Schedule 2 – Map of Properties

 Similkameen River 1261 to 1309 Highway 3 map2

  • All evacuees are asked to register online with the Emergency Support Services (ESS) Evacuee Registration & Assistance (ERA) tool even if you do not require referrals such as housing or other services: ess.gov.bc.ca
  • Due to a shortage of hotel accommodations, please consider making arrangements to stay with family or friends if possible. Take pets with you if you can.
  • If you require services or information, please contact Emergency Support Services if you are unable to register online: 1-833-498-3770
  • If you have pets or livestock that need to be cared for and billeted, please contact Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team (ALERT) for support: 250-809-7152

Once you are evacuated from your home, if you have not already done so, please register for CivicReady to receive notifications by phone, email and text.



  • You must leave the area immediately.
  • Follow directions of emergency responders and travel designated or safest route available.
  • Register as an evacuee at the designated Reception Centre or online: ess.gov.bc.ca
  • If you need transportation assistance from evacuation area, call RDOS EOC: 250-490-4225
  • Shut off all gas and electrical appliances, other than refrigerators and freezers.
  • Close all windows and doors.
  • Please store your Firearms in accordance with Section 118 of the Firearms Act.
  • Close gates (latch) but do not lock.
  • Gather your family and, if you have room, take a neighbor or someone needing transportation.  Do not use more vehicles than you have to.
  • If you identify as having extraordinary needs, contact RDOS EOC for assistance.
  • Take critical items only if they are immediately available:
    • government-issued ID
    • medications
    • eyeglasses
    • valuable papers (e.g. insurance, credit, and mortgage information)
    • immediate care needs for dependents
  • Take pets in pet kennels or on leash.
  • Pet owners and hobby farmers with concerns for their animals should make arrangements when an Evacuation Alert is issued.

Animal Emergency Response Team (ALERT) can help: 250-809-7152

    • Farmers who require assistance, please call RDOS EOC: 250-490-4225
  • Do not use the telephone unless you need emergency service.