2020 BC Floods

2020 BC Floods

Warnings and Advisories

Southeast Region:

MAINTAINED: High Streamflow Advisory – Boundary Region including the Kettle River, West Kettle River, Granby River and tributaries. Issued 1:15 pm May 14, 2020.

Central Region:

ISSUED: Flood Watch – Bonaparte River. Issued 7:30 am May 22, 2020.

MAINTAINED: High Streamflow Advisory – Tributaries of the North Thompson River around Clearwater and Barriere. Issued 1:30 pm May 14, 2020.

MAINTAINED: High Streamflow Advisory – North Okanagan including tributaries around Vernon, Lumby and Winfield. Issued 1:30 pm May 14, 2020.

MAINTAINED: High Streamflow Advisory – Upper Nicola River above Nicola Lake. Issued 1:30 pm May 14, 2020.

MAINTAINED: High Streamflow Advisory – Salmon Arm near Salmon River. Issued 1:30 pm May 14, 2020.

Northeast Region:

DOWNGRADED: High Streamflow Advisory- Cariboo and including tributary rivers and streams near Williams Lake and Quesnel and areas east, including the San Jose River and Bridge Creek. Issued 9:45 am May 11, 2020.

States of Emergency, Evacuation Alerts and Orders

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 states of local emergency (SOLEs) as well as issuing evacuation orders and alerts.

North East Provincial Region

Cariboo Regional District

States of Local Emergency

  • Electoral Areas B, D, F, and H
  • City of Williams Lake
  • City of Quesnel

Evacuation Orders

  • Electoral Area B
  • Electoral Area F
  • City of Williams Lake
  • City of Quesnel

Evacuation Alerts

  • Electoral Area B
  • Electoral Area D
  • Electoral Area H
  • City of Quesnel

First Nations Communities

Band Council Resolutions

  • Tsq’escenemc (Canim Lake Band)
  • T’exelc (Williams Lake First Nation)

Evacuation Alerts

  • Tsq’escenemc (Canim Lake Band)

Central Provincial Region

Regional District North Okanagan

Evacuation Alerts

  • Village of Lumby

Thompson Nicola Regional District

States of Local Emergency

  • Cache Creek

Evacuation Orders

  • Cache Creek

Evacuation Alerts

  • Cache Creek

First Nations Communities

Band Council Resolutions

  • Upper Nicola Band

Information Sources

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: https://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/

EmergencyMapBC: https://governmentofbc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer
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

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/

Preparedness and Recovery

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-your-hazards/floods

Disaster Financial Assistance

Those impacted by recent flooding 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 flooding in BC
Phone: 1-844-2ask-IBC (1-844-227-5422)

Website: http://www.ibc.ca/bc/

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 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/

Update: May 22, 2020