Shuswap Emergency Program is getting ready for higher than normal lake levels on Shuswap and Mara lakes. Residents should prepare early for lake levels similar to 2012 (2012 lake levels were 349.58m, the current lake levels are 348.81m). Sandbags are available throughout the Shuswap; locations of sandbags are available on the CSRD website’s Shuswap Emergency Program page.
Flood waters move fast, so develop a household plan, put together your emergency kit and connect with your neighbours. If you face a threatening flood situation, park vehicles away from streams and waterways, move electrical appliances to upper floors and make sure to anchor fuel supplies. Listen to local officials if you are asked to evacuate.
Before a flood:
- Know if you live in a flood-risk area
- Prepare personal emergency supply kits for your home, car and work
- Have a grab and go kit ready if you have to leave your home quickly
- Keep important papers in watertight containers and have a record of your valuables in a safe place
- If flooding is likely in your area, pay attention to the local media for information
- Watch for warning signs such as an increase in the height and intensity of water flows, mudslides, debris in creeks, colour changes in water or leaning trees
- Know that the banks of rivers and streams may be unstable and dangerous
- Teach your children about flood safety
- Consider arrangements for your pets or livestock
- Consider an evacuation plan: where can you go if you are evacuated?
- Check on elderly or disabled neighbours to ensure they are aware of the situation
Find out more about flood preparedness from Emergency Preparedness BC.
Updates about lake levels will be provided on the Shuswap Emergency Program Facebook page.