2018 – Information on Flooding in BC

EmergencyInfoBC

Provides links to websites of Regional Districts currently affected by flooding in BC, including evacuation orders, alerts, and rescinds. EmergencyInfoBC also has information about flood preparation, safety, and emergency services.
Visit them online:
http://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/current-flooding-information/
Twitter @EmergencyInfoBC: https://twitter.com/EmergencyInfoBC

River Forecast Centre

During periods of high risk of flooding in BC , the River Forecast Centre provides information on current and forecast streamflow conditions, including flood advisories and warnings. http://bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/warnings/index.htm

The River Forecast Centre has removed all Flood Level alerts (watches and warnings) and Highstream Flow advisories throughout the province.

PreparedBC

This is the government website for disaster readiness information. It has flood Information for Homeowners and Home Buyers, including tips on preparing for floods, and protecting your home and property.
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc/know-the-risks/floods

Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)

When required, an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) will be opened by the Regional District to support the emergency or disaster. An EOC is responsible for various duties such as declaring a state of local emergency, coordinating multiple agencies, providing media releases, and managing evacuees.

Current Highway Advisories – Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

The online Current Emergency Highway Advisories and Resources Page provides detailed information about highway travel disruptions during emergency situations like flooding or fire: https://www.tranbc.ca/current-travel-advisories/

Disaster Financial Assistance

Those impacted by recent flooding (after April 26, 2018) may apply to the Province for Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) where losses could not be insured or where other programs are not available.
Information regarding DFA may be obtained from:
Emergency Management BC
Phone: 1-888-257-4777
Email: dfa@gov.bc.ca
Website: www.gov.bc.ca/disasterfinancialassistance

Household Emergency Assistance Program

Jointly developed by Emergency Management BC and Canadian Red Cross, this new program provides complementary financial assistance to households that are primary residences and have been deemed uninhabitable by the local government. It is currently available to the flood-impacted communities of Grand Forks and within the Kootenay Boundary Regional District.

Red Cross will be connecting with potentially eligible registered households via email and phone beginning on July 4, to ask additional questions to determine eligibility for the program.  If you have not heard from the Red Cross and you believe you may be eligible for the Household Emergency Assistance Program, please contact the Red Cross Call Centre at 1-800-863-6582 or come in person to the Resiliency Centre in Grand Forks.

Households will need to make an appointment with a Red Cross case worker for a confidential personal assessment to determine available assistance based on needs like food, transportation, health, or personal services.

Recovery Transition Program

This Program will provide assistance for up to 90 days to households that are primary residences and have been determined to be uninhabitable by the local government. The program will commence when emergency social services conclude. Developed by Emergency Management BC (EMBC) and the Canadian Red Cross, who will work with local governments to implement the program as quickly as possible.

The program will provide families with financial support for basic needs like housing, food, and personal needs. Homes considered uninhabitable (tagged “red” or “yellow” through damage assessments) will receive a lump sum payment of $2,850 for 30 days of basic support assistance, with up to two extensions based on verifiable need (for a total of $8,550 for 90 days of support assistance).
The Canadian Red Cross will manage the administration of the Recovery Transition Program; extension approvals and eligibility assessment for other supports will be on a case-by-case basis.
For First Nations people on reserve, this type of assistance is provided through the federal department, Indigenous Services Canada.
Recovery Transition Assistance will also be complemented by Canadian Red Cross assistance that focuses on highly vulnerable families.

To register, or to see if you are eligible for assistance you must call the Red Cross Call Centre at 1-800-863-6582, or go to the Resiliency Centre in Grand Forks.
For more information visit www.redcross.ca/how-we-help/current-emergency-responses/

Insurance Bureau of Canada

IBC can answer insurance questions related to the flooding in BC
Consumer Info 1-844-2ask-IBC (1-844-227-5422) http://www.ibc.ca/bc/

BC Floods Appeal

To help people impacted by the recent devastating flooding, the BC government is encouraging British Columbians to donate to the Canadian Red Cross. Donations will be used for immediate and ongoing relief efforts, long-term recovery, resiliency and preparedness in British Columbia. From May 16 to July 31, 2018, the B.C. Government will match dollar-for-dollar donations made by individuals who are residents of BC up to a total of $20 million. Those wishing to help are encouraged to make a financial donation to the BC Floods Appeal in one of the following ways:

Guide to Disaster Recovery

BC Ministry of Public Safety step-by-step guide to disaster recovery – re-entering a home, cleaning up, insurance and repair, etc.

Clean Up and Returning Home

Emergency Management BC has an information piece outlining steps and issues to consider prior to re-entering a home after a flood.

HealthLink BC has a document outlining health hazards associated with a flood along with information on safety returning home after a flood.

Information on mould prevention and cleanup is available from from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and from HealthLink BC.

Stress and Trauma Hotline

The Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division, has launched “Talk in Tough Times”. This hotline is available to those who are dealing with the stress and trauma of dealing with a natural disaster emergency. By calling 1-877-427-4884, callers will be able to speak with someone who can connect them to local resources, and help them better manage their challenges. For more information, visit: https://cmha.bc.ca/programs-services/talk-in-tough-times/

Current Evacuation Orders, Alerts, Rescinds, and Recovery

Recovery activities continue to increase and expand as more areas of the province turn from emergency response to clean up and recovery efforts. For the most current information visit your community or local authority’s website linked below:

  Regional District of Kootenay Boundary

Threats from further flooding have diminished and the RDKB Emergency Operation Centre has rescinded evacuation alerts.  There are still several addresses on evacuation order for properties where there is still a threat to safety.

Website: https://www.rdkb.com/Default.aspx
Twitter @RDKB_emergency: https://twitter.com/rdkb_emergency?lang=en
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rdkbdotcom/

Red Cross Support Centre (until July 14th only)
Royal Canadian Legion Hall
7353 6th Street, Grand Forks, BC
Open Monday to Saturday: 10 am to 12 noon and 1 pm to 5 pm

Emergency Operations Centre: 1-888-747-9119

A map link to RDKB flooding evacuation alerts and orders 2018: https://rdkb.com/HotTopics/EvacuationOrdersAlertsandRescinds.aspx

 Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen

Many evacuation orders and alerts in the region have been rescinded. Visit the Emergency Operations Centre Information page at http://www.rdos.bc.ca/news-events/eoc/active-eoc-information/,
or view the online map link to current evacuation alert/order/order rescind areas:
http://rdos.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.html?appid=c776a549a0d04f0d8c334755334f414c

Website: http://www.rdos.bc.ca/news-events/eoc/active-eoc-information/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmergMgtRDOS
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RegionalDistrictOfOkanaganSimilkameen/

Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)

Note that the EOC has scaled back and is not fully staffed; the phone is not regularly monitored.
Phone: 250-490-4225
Email: eoc@RDOS.bc.ca

For after-hours emergencies, please call the Provincial Emergency Reporting Line at 1-800-663-3456.