RDOS Flood Tips

The intense Pacific frontal system affecting the south coast has pushed through to the South Interior and is producing high intensity rainfall in some areas.

The Tulameen River basin (upper Similkameen River watershed) has received significant rainfall since midnight and the Tulameen River is at high levels.

Due to the high water flow and potential for flooding, the Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen has activated its Emergency Operations Center to Level One.

Level One activation is the initial mobilization stage and allows officials to better coordinate services. RDOS and Provincial officials are monitoring the river levels.

This is a good opportunity to consider the following safety tips to establish how prepared you would be in the event of an actual flood in your area:

1)Drive carefully-if you are planning to travel, follow current road conditions and closures by calling 1-800-550-4997.

2)Avoid walking close to small creeks and rivers as their channels tend to be narrow and can fill up quickly. Also, eroded banks result in unstable ground.

3)Stay alert for changing conditions, particularly if you live in low lying areas or near waterways. Early precautions can be taken in high risk areas such as shutting off power and water supplies and disconnecting electrical appliances.

4)In the event of an evacuation order, please ensure adequate clothing and footwear is available for you and your family and do not forget to register at the designated reception centre. It is a good idea to organize a kit containing important documents, a flashlight and a first aid kit. Also, consider the needs of any family pets.

If an evacuation was required, you can obtain information through the local Emergency Social Services (ESS) organization in Princeton.

Emergency preparedness information can be found at www.rdos.bc.ca or www.pep.bc.ca. If you are currently experiencing flooding, contact the Provincial Emergency Program at 1-800-663-3456.

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