EOC Update: Evacuation Order issued due to landslide in Electoral Area “G” (rural Keremeos) Monday, November 6, 2023, 11:00 am

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INFORMATION RELEASE                                                                                                         

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) has issued an Evacuation Order in Electoral Area “G” (rural Keremeos) due to a rockslide.

The Evacuation Order was issued on Monday, November 6, 2023, at 12:30 am for two properties located at 3455 and 3491 Highway 3, west of the Village of Keremeos. The Evacuation Order was posted on RDOS web and social media channels and distributed via the Voyent Alert! notification system. 

A geotechnical engineer will assess the situation to determine next steps. There is currently no timeline on when the Evacuation Order will be rescinded or downgraded to an Evacuation Alert.

Power Outage
The RDOS is aware of a power outage impacting 114 FortisBC customers. Residents are reminded to use safe practices to stay warm during the outage. Never use charcoal or gas barbecues, camping heating equipment, or home generators indoors. Ensure your carbon monoxide detector is working and has a battery-power backup if hard-wired to your home’s electrical supply. When using generators, please ensure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions and is operated outdoors away from doors or windows.

For further information about safety precautions, visit the FortisBC website: www.fortisbc.com.

For the latest updates on FortisBC outages, visit: https://outages.fortisbc.com/Outages.

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
For the latest updates on local highways, please visit DriveBC.ca.

Emergency Reception Centre
An Emergency Reception Centre has been activated at the Princeton Baptist Church (160 Old Hedley Road in Princeton) to provide Emergency Support Services (ESS) for anyone whose primary residence is on Evacuation Order. 

If you are on Evacuation ORDER, please consider making arrangements to stay with family or friends.

Residents under Evacuation Order can call 250-486-1890 for ESS Services. Evacuees can self-register online through Evacuee Registration & Assistance (ERA): ess.gov.bc.ca

Voyent Alert! Notifications
Click here to register for routine and emergency notifications via email, text, or telephone. You can find a link to Voyent Alert! on the RDOS website: www.rdos.bc.ca.

Disaster Psychosocial Team
If you require support, please call the Disaster Psychosocial Team toll-free at 1-888-686-3022 or Wellness Together Canada at 1-866-585-0445.

For the latest updates on Evacuation ALERTS and ORDERS, please visit emergency.rdos.bc.ca.

For further information, please call the EOC at 250-490-4225. In the case of an emergency, call 9-1-1.

Issued by EOC Director