Flooding risk rising in the Shuswap, prepare now

Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Shuswap Emergency Program (SEP) is advising all residents near the Salmon River and other smaller Shuswap-area creeks that there is an increasing risk of severe flooding in the coming days due to the potential for extreme weather. 

The combination of high temperatures in the next few days are being coupled with a forecasted cold front moving into the area in the early morning hours of Sunday. This has the potential to create severe rainfall amounts.

As a result, water levels on the Salmon River and localized creeks could rise rapidly or experience flash flooding. There are a number of potential affected areas across the Shuswap, including, but not limited to, the Falkland, Silver Creek, Salmon Valley, Sunnybrae, Tappen, Sicamous, Mara and Malakwa areas.

Currently, the BC River Centre is forecasting Salmon River levels higher than the severe 2018 flooding levels.

Residents in flood-prone areas are advised to:

  • Monitor the weather forecast and pay specific attention if there is intense rain falling in your location,
  • Undertake flood preparation measures to protect your property,
  • Prepare for possible evacuation on short notice, including having a Grab-and-Go Bag ready.

Information on sandbags is available on the CSRD website by clicking here.

Information on flooding and evacuation preparedness is available from Prepared BC at this link.

The Shuswap Emergency Program is here to help. If you have questions or concerns regarding flooding preparations, call 250.833.3351.

Sand and sandbags are being made available at 20 locations in the Shuswap area. Please see the attached map below for specific locations, details or any restrictions on availability.

Residents are asked to respect social distancing procedures while filling and loading sandbags. Sand is being delivered into multiple piles in order to assist with distancing provisions. Please follow directions on the posted COVID-19 signage at these sites.

Photo: Water levels of the Salmon River are on the rise with the potential to climb even higher with extreme weather in the forecast for the weekend. This is an image of high water at the Haines Road bridge. (CSRD photo)

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