Similkameen residents urged to stay away from waterways

'Stay home and stay safe'

Reader submitted photos show neighbourhoods partially underwater, and the river raging. Highway 5A at Princeton is closed, as is Highway 3.

Power was disrupted to the town early in the morning. The town's emergency management department advised residents around 2 a.m. to start storing water.

"Fill your bathtubs, jugs, containers, anything you can store water in," they wrote on their official Facebook page.

A boil water notice is in place for all water that will be used for drinking, making ice, cooking, washing food or brushing teeth. Use a hand sanitizer after washing hands.

Dozens of properties in low-lying areas are on evacuation alert or order. Evacuees can check in to the Emergency Support Services centre at 148 Old Hedley Road, known locally as the Riverside Centre. They can also be reached at 250-273-0143.

Evacuation alerts and orders for Princeton can be found here.

Residents are encouraged to sign up to Voyent Alert, which the town uses to send out such notices.

All schools in the district 58 which serves Princeton and Merritt are closed Monday.

Multiple properties in the nearby community of Tulameen are also under evacuation order. Those addresses can be found here. They are able to report to the same Emergency Support Services centre in Princeton.

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