The Province of British Columbia River Forecast Centre has issued a high stream flow advisory for streams in the Sicamous area.
Here are some ways you can prepare for seasonal storms and the possibility of flooding, provided by the Government of British Columbia:
- Protect your home: Prepare for possible flooding of low-lying areas by moving equipment and other assets to higher ground, where possible. Clear perimeter and storm drains, eavestroughs and gutters.
- Create grab-and-go bags: Assemble grab-and-go bags for each person in your home, including pets, with the essentials you will need if you are told to evacuate.
- Recognize the danger signs:
If you live near a waterway, a change in water colour or rapid change in water level (especially a drop) could indicate a problem upstream. Call your local fire, police or public works department immediately if you suspect something out of the ordinary.
In the event of flooding, here are some tips about what to avoid.
- Stay away from fast-moving water:
Keep away from river edges and shorelines. During periods of high flow, riverbanks may be unstable and more prone to sudden collapse. Stay well away and keep young children and pets away from the banks of fast-flowing streams and flooded areas or bridges.
- Do not drive through flood water:
Never attempt to drive or walk in flood water. Just 15 cm (six inches) of fast-moving water can knock over an adult. Sixty-one cm (two feet) of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, including SUVs and pickup trucks.
- Landslide risk: Heavy rain may contribute to landslides and dangerous debris in creeks and waterways. Be safe and do not go to watch the rushing water. If you notice trees beginning to lean or bend near your home, or cracks developing in the hillside, contact local authorities.