Sandbagging Information

Property owners are responsible for taking steps and having the necessary equipment to protect their properties from flooding.  

Sand and sandbags are available in key locations throughout the Shuswap area for property owners to access.  A printable pdf map of sand and sandbag locations is available for convenience. 

Sand and Sandbag Location Map 2018
Community Address Availability
Blind Bay/Sorrento
Shuswap Fire Hall #2
2505 Greer Road
Sorrento, BC
Sand and
Sandbags
Blind Bay/Sorrento
Shuswap Fire Hall #1
1164 Passchendaele Road
Sorrento, BC
Sand and
Sandbags
Celista
North Shuswap Community Hall
5456 Squilax-Anglemont Road Sand and
Sandbags
Eagle Bay
Eagle Bay Fire Hall
4445 Eagle Bay Road
Eagle Bay, BC
Sand and
Sandbags
Eagle Bay
Wild Rose Bay Community Park
6487 Eagle Bay Road Sand and
Sandbags
Falkland
Falkland Fire Hall
2919 Gyp Road
Falkland, BC
Sand and
Sandbags
Lee Creek
Spooner Electric Ltd.
2199 Squilax-Anglemont Road
Lee Creek, BC
Sandbags Only
Magna Bay
Ross Creek Country Store
6929 Squilax-Anglemont Road
Magna Bay, BC
Sand and
Sandbags
Malakwa
Old Malakwa Community Centre
4118 Community Hall Road
Malakwa, BC
Sand and
Sandbags
Salmon Arm
Blackburn Park
681 10th Avenue SW
Salmon Arm, BC
Sand Only
Salmon Arm
Field of Dreams Overflow Parking
420 30th Street SE
Salmon Arm, BC
Sand Only
Salmon Arm
Salmon Arm Public Works Yard
100 30th Street SE
Salmon Arm, BC 
Sandbags Only
Scotch Creek 
Scotch Creek/Lee Creek Fire Hall
3852 Squilax-Anglemont Road
Scotch Creek, BC
Sand and
Sandbags
Sicamous
Sicamous Beach Park parking lot
1412 Silver Sands Road
Sicamous, BC
Sand and 
Sandbags
Sicamous
Sicamous Public Works Yard
1450 Solsqua Sicamous Road
Sicamous, BC
Sand and
Sandbags
Sicamous
Next to Red Barn
1214 Riverside Avenue
Sicamous, BC
Sand and
Sandbags
Sicamous
Eagle River Golf Course
Sicamous, BC
 
Sand and
Sandbags
Silver Creek
Silver Creek Fire Hall
1577 Salmon River Road
Salmon Arm, BC
Sand and
Sandbags
Swansea Point
Swansea Point Fire Hall
632 Davidson Road
Swansea Point, BC
Sand and
Sandbags
Swansea Point
Swanson Road Lake Access
639S Swanbeach Road
Swansea Point, BC
Sand and
Sandbags
Tappen
Sunnybrae Community Park
3580 Sunnybrae Canoe Point Road Sand and
Sandbags

To report a flooding incident involving immediate danger to life, please call 911.  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 within 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.