RDOS continues to monitor water levels in Tulameen area

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The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is monitoring run off in the Electoral Area H communities of Tulameen and Coalmont. Residents are encouraged to be prepared for high water and take necessary steps to protect their homes and property.

Use caution around streams, lakes and rivers where water levels may be rising or fast moving. Keep clear of eroded banks. Emergency preparedness also includes having a plan to ensure your family and pet’s needs are considered before an unexpected event occurs. Pre-planning, including having emergency kits with enough supplies for 72 hours and having fuel in generators, can help your family cope should conditions change suddenly. With current weather and upcoming Freshet, the RDOS EOC encourages all property owners to actively watch river flows, and develop your 72 hour kit in preparation for potential Evacuation Alerts or Orders.

Property owners in low-lying areas may want to consider sandbagging their property. Sand and sandbags are available at the Tulameen Fire Hall and Coalmont Satellite Fire Hall. An instructional video of how-to sandbag is available. Sandbag locations are also listed on the interactive sandbag map.

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Definitions you should know
• Flood Warning: River levels have exceeded bankfull or will exceed bankfull imminently, and flooding of areas adjacent to affected rivers will result
• Flood Watch: River levels are rising and will approach or may exceed bankfull. Flooding of areas adjacent to affected rivers may occur.
• High Streamflow Advisory: River levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but no major flooding is expected. Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible.


Mark Pendergraft, Chair
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen 


Sean Vaisler
RDOS Manager of Emergency Services

Erick Thompson

Andrea Rendall


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