Crews prevent flooding by clearing street catch basins, monitoring problem areas, and repairing road shoulder damage following winter storms. Crews are also monitor creeks closely and receiving regular updates from the BC River Forecast Centre via the Provincial Emergency Program during flooding events.
Please take these precautions to ensure personal safety and minimize the impacts of flooding on your property:
- Check street catch basins around your property to ensure they are clear of ice and debris.
- Shovel snow away from the house or basement windows and check catch basins on the street to ensure they’re not blocked.
- Avoid small creeks and rivers as their channels tend to be narrow and can fill up quickly. Also, eroded banks result in unstable ground. Most importantly, keep children and pets away from stream banks.
- Drive carefully. Never try to drive through floodwater. If a car stalls in floodwater, get out quickly and move to higher ground. If you are planning to travel, check the Drive BC website to follow current highway conditions and any road closures.
- Organize your individual and family emergency kit. It should contain important documents, prescription medication, a battery-powered radio, a flashlight and first aid kit.
- Always follow the instructions of local emergency officials and check the Provincial Emergency Program website for emergency
- preparedness information.
- If rising waters become a threat to your safety, obey emergency officials who are involved in rescue or flood control operations, including those directing traffic.
Please report severe flooding by calling the Operations Centre Service Request at 604-925-7101 or the 24-hour Emergency and After Hours Service Line at 604-925-7100.