Sandbagging Information

Sandbags are available for residents concerned about protecting their property from flooding. Property owners are responsible for taking steps and having the necessary equipment to protect their properties from flooding.

Area Location Sandbags Sand
City of Salmon Arm                          City Public Works Yard                       100 - 30th Street SE
Salmon Arm V1E 4N2
Swansea Point Swansea Point Fire Hall 632 Davidson Drive
Swansea Point V0E 2K2
Sicamous District Public Works Yard

1450 Solsqua Sicamous Road
Sicamous V0E 2V4

Silver Creek  Silver Creek Fire Hall 1577 Salmon River Road
Salmon Arm V1E 3H5
Falkland Falkland Fire Hall New Fire Hall-2919 Gyp Road Falkland V0E 1W0 Old Fire Hall-2915 Gyp Road Falkland V0E 1W0
Tappen/Sunnybrae Sunnybrae Community Park 3580 Sunnybrae Canoe Pt Rd
Tappen V0E 2X1
South Shuswap Shuswap Fire Hall #2 2505 Greer Road
Sorrento V0E 2W0
South Shuswap Shuswap Fire Hall #1 1164 Passchendale Road
Sorrento V0E 2W0
Eagle Bay Whitehead Road Boat Launch 4325 Whitehead Road
Eagle Bay V0E 1T0
Eagle Bay Wild Rose Bay Park Trailhead 6487 Eagle Bay Road
Eagle Bay V0E 1T0
North Shuswap North Shuswap Community Hall 5456 Squilax Anglemont Road Lee Creek V0E 1M6 Same
North Shuswap Scotch Creek/Lee Creek Fire Hall 3852 Squilax Anglemont Road Scotch Creek V0E 1M0 Same
North Shuswap Ross Creek Store 6929 Squilax Anglemont Road Magna Bay V0E 1M7 Same

To report a flooding incident involving immediate danger to life, please call 911.  If an incident could potentially be a risk to public safety, please call the Emergency Operations Centre at 250.833.3351.  Report all other flooding incidents to the Provincial Emergency Reporting Line at 1.800.663.3456.  

Sandbagging Tips

Sandbagging is one of the most versatile flood fighting tools and is a simple, effective way to prevent or reduce flood water damage, when done correctly.  If your property is prone to flooding, please take the necessary measures to protect structures, equipment and materials before flooding is imminent.  Owners are responsible for all measures required for flood protection of private property.  There are numerous SUPPLIERS in the Shuswap area that provide sand and sandbags.  

  • Construct the sandbag dike on high ground, as close as possible to your home or building.  By being closer to your home or building, few bags will be needed, and the sandbag dike will be less exposed to the stream.
  • Sandbagging should also focus along existing flood works or any low spots along dikes for maximum protection.
  • Dig a trench one bag in depth and two bags wide as a foundation for the dike structure.
  • To be effective, a dike must be three times as wide a its base as it is high.
  • Sandbags should be turned right side out and filled half full.  They need not to be tied shut just laid overlapping each other.
  • The open ends of the sandbags with bottom layer, i.e. bottom layer lengthwise with dike, next layer crosswise
  • As individual bags are put in place, walk on bags to tamp them into place to ensure maximum strength.  Take care to avoid puncturing the bags.
  • The butt ends of the bags should be placed facing the stream, for rows that are perpendicular to the stream
  • Each successive layer should be set back one-half sandbag width on both sides in each additional layer so a completed dike has a triangular cross section.
  • The number of sandbags needed to protect a home or building varies depending on the local topography and the anticipated depth of water.