2018 – Information on Flooding in BC


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:
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


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.

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 rapid increase in water levels across the Southern Interior region has resulting in flooding and washout of roads. Visit the online Current Emergency Highway Advisories and Resources Page: 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

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.


Current Evacuation Orders, Alerts and Rescinds

Flooding is occurring in different parts of BC. For the most current information visit your community or local authority’s website linked below:

Upper Nicola Band

Website: http://uppernicola.com/
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/uppernicola/

Upper Nicola Indian Band Reception Centre
1-2225 Village Road, Douglas Lake
8 am to 12 noon daily

Emergency Management Director: 250-378-1916

Emergency Management Operations: 250-320-1833

Emergency Operations Centre: 250-350-3233

Lower Nicola Band

Website: http://lnib.net/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LowerNicolaIndianBand/

Emergency Social Services
Shulus Arena (Mezzanine level)
181 Nawishaskin Lane, Merritt,  V1K 0A7

Okanagan Indian Band

Website: https://okib.ca/news/urgent-flood-notice
Twitter: https://twitter.com/okanaganband
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/OkanaganBand/

A local state of emergency has been declared due to flooding.
Emergency Operations Centre
250-542-7132, 8 am to 5 pm daily

Lower Similkameen Indian Band

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lower-Similkameen-Indian-Band-111379938945356/

If an evacuation order is issued, you will need to leave your home and register at the Emergency Operations Reception Centre at the LSIB Gym for lodging and food vouchers.

Emergency Social Services Reception Centre
1410 Highway 3, Lower Level – Traditional Healing Room

Emergency Operations Centre
EOC information 250-499-5528 ext 102, execassist@lsib.net

EOC Director 250-499-5528 ext 141, housing@lsib.net
cell: 250-499-1300

Chief Keith Crow chief@lsib.net
Cell: 250-499-9333

Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako

Flood warnings, advisories and evacuation alerts have been issued. If flooding occurs, situation updates will be posted on the Regional District website or Facebook page.
Website: www.rdbn.bc.ca
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BulkleyNechakoEmergencyInfo/
For more information contact the Regional District at 250-692-3195 or 1-800-320-3339.

Cariboo Regional District

Website: https://cariboord.ca/services/emergency-and-protective-services/emergency-operations-centre-eoc
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CaribooRD
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CRDEmergencyOperations

Emergency Social Services Reception Centre
Quesnel Recreation Centre
500 North Star Road
Will be closed as of 18 May 2018

The Emergency Operations Centre has been activated to respond to flooding issues in the region:

Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)
Phone: 250-302-9003
Public Information Line (8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday): 1-866-759-4977
Provincial Emergency Reporting Line (after-hours emergencies): 1-800-663-3456
Email: eoccommunications@cariboord.ca

A map link to current evacuation alert/order/order rescind areas:

On Tuesday May 8, the Regional District downgraded both evacuation orders for the Nazko area to an evacuation alert, which meant residents were allowed to return to the area.
Re-Entry and Recovery Information is available on the website: https://cariboord.ca/uploads/EOCFiles/CRD_Nazko_Reentry_and_Recovery_Assistance_Handout_editable_May_2018.pdf

Sandbags are available through the CRD, if needed. If your access is cut-off due to flooding, please stay where you are and stay safe (shelter in place). Contact the CRD if you need assistance.

Register for the Cariboo Chilcotin Emergency Notification System to receive a text, call or email regarding Evacuation Alerts and Orders or other emergency updates: https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085612292#/signup

Regional District of Central Kootenay

Connect to the Regional District for more information:
Website: http://www.rdck.ca/EN/main/services/emergency-management/evacuation-order-and-alert-page.html
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RDofCK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rdcentralkootenay

An evacuation alert has been issued for residents and visitors along Erie Creek and Salmo River to Ymir. Residents or visitors who are not physically able to evacuate themselves should contact the Emergency Operation Centre at 250-352-7701 so they can get assistance if an evacuation order

Emergency Operation Centre: 250-352-7701
The RDCK will use its Emergency Notification System to issue evacuation orders if needed, in addition to hand-delivering alerts and advising the media. Residents can sign up by going to https://rdckemergency.connectrocket.com.

Regional District of Central Okanagan

The Emergency Operations Centre has been activated to respond to flooding issues in the region:

Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)
Phone: 250-469-8490 or 1-877-569-8490
Provincial Emergency Reporting Line (after-hours emergencies): 1-800-663-3456
Website: https://www.cordemergency.ca/updates
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CO_Emerg
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CORDEmergency/

A map link to flooding evacuation alerts and orders, as well as to sand and sand bag locations: https://www.cordemergency.ca/map

Regional District of Fraser-Fort George

Website: http://www.rdffg.bc.ca/services/public-safety/warnings

Website provides evacuation alert map, flooding information for homeowners, and sandbagging information.

Twitter @RDFFG: https://twitter.com/RDFFG
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RDFFG

Emergency Social Services
The Regional District’s Emergency Operation Centre has been activated. Evacuees are asked to register with Emergency Social Services by calling 250-960-4400 or 1-800-667-1959

Fraser Valley Regional District

Website: http://www.fvrd.ca/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyFVRD
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FVRD1

Emergency Reception Centre: Fire Hall No. 1, 33330 7th Avenue, Mission.

City of Chilliwack
Evacuation alerts and evacuation orders have been issued due to high water levels for the Fraser River.

Website: http://www.chilliwack.ca/main/page.cfm?id=2244
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Chilliwack
Twitter: https://twitter.com/City_Chilliwack
For more information visit the Fraser River Flood Protection page: https://www.chilliwack.com/main/page.cfm?id=346
Flood Evacuation Information: https://www.chilliwack.com/main/page.cfm?id=1424
Flood Information Phone Line: 604-793-2757

District of Hope
Website: https://hope.ca/flooding
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DistrictofHope

Regional District of Kootenay Boundary

Website: https://www.rdkb.com/HotTopics/FloodingPreparedness2018.aspx
Twitter @RDKB_emergency: https://twitter.com/rdkb_emergency?lang=en
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rdkbdotcom/

Provincial Emergency Reporting Line
If you are experiencing flooding issues that affect your home or business, call the Provincial Emergency Reporting Line: 1-800-663-3456.
All other inquiries should be directed to
RDKB Manager of Emergency Programs: 1-800-355-7352.

Emergency Social Services Reception Centre
Affected residents, including those staying with family or friends, should register as soon as possible at the Emergency Social Services (ESS) Reception Centres:
Grands Forks Curling Centre: 7230 21st Street, Grand Forks, BC.
Red Cross family reunification line for inquiries about loved ones in Grand Forks: 250-442-1658 or 250-442-1556

Midway Community Centre: 692 7th Avenue, Midway
Call the Red Cross Disaster Call Centre at 1-888- 350-6070 if you are unable to physically check in at the reception centre, or if you need help with transportation.

Emergency Operations Centre: 250-442-3628 or 1-888-747-9119

A map link to RDKB flooding evacuation alerts and orders 2018: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1D3qhBcKrwOp57mVz8znfHlmzeQxXEo94&ll=49.1284929156843%2C-118.39861808589035&z=11

Metro Vancouver

Website: http://www.metrovancouver.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/metrovancouver
Twitter: https://twitter.com/metrovancouver

Township of Langley
An Evacuation Alert has been issued by the Township of Langley for the unprotected flood plain areas of Northwest Langley and Glen Valley, as well as Brae Island and McMillan Island.

Website: https://www.tol.ca/at-your-service/township-services/water-management/flood-response/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LangleyTownship
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LangleyTownship
Engineering Division: 604-532-7300, opsinfo@tol.ca

For information on flood preparedness and useful links visit tol.ca/floodresponse.

Regional District of North Okanagan

City of Armstrong
A State of Local Emergency remains in place as day time temperatures are forecast to be 8-10 degrees above the seasonal normal; the City could still see rapid rises in creek flows as the snow melts at higher elevations. Due to this flood threat residents are asked to monitor the City’s website and local media stations as all updates will be posted to these locations. Alternatively they can call City Hall.

Website: http://www.cityofarmstrong.bc.ca/
Phone: 250-546-3023
Fax: 250-546-3710
Email: info@cityofarmstrong.bc.ca

Village of Lumby

Website: https://www.lumby.ca/content/2018-latest-flood-information
Emergency Operation Centre
Municipal Office, 1775 Glencaird Street, Lumby
Telephone: (Daytime) 250-547-2171. After hours: 250-547-2160

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen

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

The Emergency Operations Centre has been activated to respond to flooding issues in the region:

Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)
Phone: 250-490-4225
Email: eocops1@RDOS.bc.ca
Provincial Emergency Reporting Line (after-hours emergencies): 1-800-663-3456

A map link to current evacuation alert/order/order rescind areas:

A map link to sand and sand bag locations:

Once evacuated, residents should leave the evacuated area immediately and register at the reception centre identified. Currently there are active Reception Centres located at:

Oliver Reception Centre
6365 Main Street, Oliver 250-498-7962

Osoyoos Reception Centre
Sonora Community Centre:
8505 68th Street, Osoyoos 250-490-4225

Penticton Reception Centre
Penticton Community Centre
325 Power Street, Penticton  250-490-4225
9 am to 6 pm Sunday and Monday

Princeton Reception Centre
Riverside Community Centre
148 Old Hedley Road, Princeton 250-295-0202

Thompson-Nicola Regional District

Website: https://www.tnrd.ca/content/thompson-nicola-regional-district-emergency-information
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tnrd
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/thompson.nicola.regional.district

City of Merritt

Website: http://www.merritt.ca/whats-new
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CityofMerritt
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CityofMerritt

Reception Centre
Has been set up to assist evacuees requiring support services for food or accommodation.
1721 Coldwater Avenue, Merritt (across from Elk’s Hall, next to Cadet Hall.
If you require transportation assistance or more information contact the
Emergency Operations Centre at 1-866-377-7188.

 A map link to flooding evacuation alerts and orders within the Thompson-Nicola Regional District: