Property owners and residents of the CSRD are responsible for all measures required for flood protection of private property.
General flooding can occur when water levels in lakes, creeks or rivers as a result of heavy snow melt, run-off or rain, typically in the spring or early summer. Flash floods can result from exceptional weather events that may occur any time of the year. Ensuring that all culverts and discharge passages are kept clean and free of obstructions is the best defense against flash floods. If you notice a problem with a culvert, please report this to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
Precautions to Take
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
- Check on elderly or disabled neighbours to ensure they are aware of the situation
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In the Event of a Flood Emergency
To report a flooding incident involving immediate danger to life please call 911.
Report all other flooding incidents to the 24/7 Provincial Emergency Reporting Line at 1.800.663.3456.