Shuswap Emergency Program (SEP)

Want to see if your property is included in any Evacuation Order or Alert Areas? 

Visit the link below for mapped information about evacuation orders, alerts, and the locations or wildfire or other emergency incidents. 

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 Sicamous Creek Mobile Home Park

Update: Monday, May 9 - 10:00 Hours

The Evacuation Alert issued by the District of Sicamous through the Shuswap Emergency Program due to the potential danger to life, health and property caused by the threat of a landslide in the Wiseman Creek area of the District of Sicamous is hereby lifted effective Monday, May 9, 2022 at 10:00 Hours.

All properties in the Evacuation Alert area are now ALL CLEAR.

The area downgraded to ALL CLEAR status is:

Sicamous Creek Mobile Home Park
All residences # 1 through #27 - 5 Highway 97A

Please refer to the attached map below  for details.

Due to the ongoing landslide risk in this area, residents are advised to stay informed.

Regularly monitor the Shuswap Emergency Program’s (SEP) webpage at www.shuswapemergency.ca,  the District of Sicamous website, www.sicamous.ca, the Shuswap Emergency Program on Facebook and Twitter, and the District of Sicamous’ Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms. Or sign up for Alertable, the region’s emergency mass notification system, at www.csrd.bc.ca/alertable

View All Clear (PDF)

 


Update: Friday, May 6 - 10:00 Hours

An Evacuation Alert remains in effect for all residences of the Sicamous Creek Mobile Home Park, which includes Units #1 to #27 – 5 Highway 97A, until further notice.

An Evacuation Alert is a warning about the potential threat of a landslide and gives residents time to prepare for a possible evacuation. They are not required to leave their homes at this time.

Conditions in the Wiseman Creek drainage improved overnight as precipitation levels were reduced from earlier in the day. Rainfall amounts were not significant enough to trigger a landslide, however, the threat remains.

There is no estimate at this time on when the Evacuation Alert might be lifted. The Shuswap Emergency Program is closely monitoring forecasting reports from its Early Warning System. This will guide decisions about when it may be appropriate to lift the Evacuation Alert.

Should the Evacuation Alert be rescinded, residents will be made aware of the information through posts to the Shuswap Emergency Program (SEP) and District of Sicamous websites. A cancellation notification will be issued through the Alertable program.

Posts will also me made on the SEP Facebook and Twitter accounts, the District of Sicamous’ Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts and the Columbia Shuswap Regional District’s social media platforms. Notifications will also be issued to local media and signs will be posted on the Sicamous Creek Mobile Home Park bulletin board.

Photo: A check of a Wiseman Creek culvert at the Sicamous Creek Mobile Home park made during the night of May 5. (Brett Ogino Photo)

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 Thursday, May 5, 2022 - 10:00 Hours

An Evacuation Alert has been issued by the District of Sicamous at the Shuswap Emergency Program’s Emergency Operations Centre. The threat of a landslide near Wiseman Creek in the District of Sicamous is increasing and may pose a risk. Due to the potential danger to life, health or property, an Evacuation Alert is in effect for the following areas:

Sicamous Creek Mobile Home Park
All residences # 1 through #27 - 5 Highway 97A

Please see the attached map of the Evacuation Alert Area below.

An Evacuation Alert is a warning about a potential threat to life and/or property. It is intended to give you time to be ready for a possible evacuation. Residents will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to evacuation, however, you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions.

WHAT YOU SHOULD YOU DO WHEN AN ALERT IS IN EFFECT

Upon notification of an ALERT:

  • Locate your grab-and-go bags for you and your family. Gather essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers, immediate care needs for dependents. Replenish any items that have expired or need replacement, ensure you and your family members have enough clothing and incidentals for a 72-hour period and have these items readily available for quick departure. See www.preparedbc.ca for details.
  • Contact family members, advise them of the situation and determine a meeting location outside of the evacuation area where you can safely reconnect should the area be evacuated.
  • Accommodation in the area can be limited. Arrange to stay with family or friends, if possible.
  • Take care of your pets or any other animals by moving them to a safe location. Make plans for their care if you will not be at home.
  • Arrange transportation for all household members. Prepare to move any disabled persons and/or children. Fill the gas tanks of personal vehicles.
  • Regularly monitor the Shuswap Emergency Program’s (SEP) webpage at www.shuswapemergency.ca the District of Sicamous website, www.sicamous.ca, the Shuswap Emergency Program on Facebook and Twitter, the CSRD's Facebook, Twitter platforms or local news sources for up-to-date and accurate information. Or sign up for Alertable, our new emergency mass notification system, at www.csrd.bc.ca/alertable

For more information, contact:

CSRD Emergency Operations Centre
Phone: 250.832.8194

View Evacuation Alert Document (PDF)

 


Wildfire Near St. Ives 

May 5, 2022

Here's a synopsis of the Horseshoe Bay Fire near St. Ives.

As of May 5, BC Wildfire has deemed the fire under control. A review of all information can be found at the Horseshoe Bay Fire page.


Two Mile Post-Wildfire Landslide risk

Update March 25, 2020

A community meeting has been planned for Thursday, March 31 to keep residents informed of the soon-to-be-implemented Early Warning System to reduce the risk to residents from post-wildfire landslides in the Wiseman Creek area. 

The meeting will be held at the Sicamous Seniors Centre, located at 1091 Shuswap Avenue, beginning at 5:30 PM. Read on...

For those who may have missed the meeting, you can watch the Zoom recording.


Update: March 22, 2022

Funding has been secured from the Province of BC to develop an Early Warning System that will assist in alerting residents in the Wiseman Creek area of the District of Sicamous to potential threats from post-wildfire landslides. Read on...


Update: February 11, 2022

A report regarding the risk of a Debris Flow in the Wiseman Creek watershed in Sicamous is now available on the District of Sicamous and the Shuswap Emergency Program webpages.

The Wiseman Creek Mitigation Options Analysis was prepared by BGC Engineering after a hazard assessment determined the area is subject to a high risk of a debris flow due to the conditions created by the past summer’s Two Mile wildfire.

This is of particular concern for the residents of the Sicamous Creek Mobile Home Park, which is located on the Wiseman Creek fan and would likely be in the path of any debris flow. Risks of the debris flow increase with snowmelt and spring rain.

Staff from the District of Sicamous and the Shuswap Emergency Program met with residents of the mobile home park on Thursday, February 10, 2022, to review the report and provide emergency preparedness information.

The Shuswap Emergency Program, which is contracted to provide emergency service to the District of Sicamous, is in communications with Emergency Management BC regarding the feasibility of the options outlined in the report and the next course of action.


Community notification

On December 13, 2021, the District of Sicamous and Shuswap Emergency Program hosted a Community Meeting at the Red Barn Arts Centre to discuss post-wildfire landslide risks in the Two Mile area.

Matthias Jakob, Principal Geoscientist with BGC Engineering, provided a presentation to attendees who participated both in person and online. Along with Jakob, the meeting panelists included Engineering Geologist Hazel Wong, District of Sicamous Fire Chief Brett Ogino and Derek Sutherland with the Shuswap Emergency Program. 

The presentation was based on a Debris Flow Assessment developed by BGC Engineering.

The meeting was hosted online via ZOOM and was recorded for those who were unable to attend. (See video below) The video is also available for public viewing on the District of Sicamous website.

Contact information

For more information, please contact Tom Hansen, Emergency Program Coordinator at 250.833.5910 or by email.

To find out more about the creation of a Neighbourhood Emergency Program, please contact Cathy Semchuk, Emergency Program Facilitator at 250.833.5927 or by email.

We encourage all residents to sign up for Emergency Notifications through the Alertable program.

Resources for residents

Landslide and Flooding Risks Due to Wildfires
Landslide Information for Home Owners and Home Buyers
Home Emergency Plan
Household Preparedness Guide
Neighbourhood Preparedness Guide

Frequently Asked Questions - This document was created following the December 13, 2021 Community Meeting. It provides information from the meeting and answers some of the common questions. 

 


Current Emergency Activations & Updates

For information from the Summer 2021 fire situation, scroll down.


Stay Informed

In an emergency you want to be in the know.

The best ways to keep track of reliable, up-to-date information on emergencies is to:

  • Check the Columbia Shuswap Regional District website home page (www.csrd.bc.ca) or the Shuswap Emergency Program page (www.shuswapemergency.ca).
  • Sign up for the Alertable notification system
  • Follow the Shuswap Emergency Program on Facebook or Twitter
  • Follow the CSRD on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Follow local media sources
  • Share this information with your family, friends and neighbours. Check in on people who may not be connected to Internet sources.

Emergency Information for Revelstoke and Electoral Area B and the Town of Golden and Electoral Area A is managed by those communities.

Check the City of Revelstoke website or the Town of Golden website for more.

 

Wildfires in the Shuswap - Summer 2021

We have broken down fire information in the Shuswap Emergency Program region by each fire.

We have also created a tab that includes our fire situation updates. These wrap-ups provide a quick summary of the best information on all fires of note. 

White Rock Lake Fire - Falkland/Pinaus Lake
Fire Situation Updates

These wrap-ups provide a quick summary of the best information we have on all fires of note at that time. 

CSRD sends thanks after difficult fire season

UPDATE - Fire Situation - August 27 - 11:30 Hours

UPDATE - Fire Situation - August 26 - 15:30 Hours

UPDATE - Fire Situation - August 25 - 16:00 Hours

UPDATE - Fire Situation - August 24 - 16:00 Hours

UPDATE - Fire Situation - August 23 - 16:00 Hours

UPDATE - Fire Situation - August 22 - 15:30 Hours

UPDATE - Fire Situation - August 21 - 14:15 Hours

UPDATE – Fire Situation – August 20 – 17:00 Hours

UPDATE – Fire Situation – August 19 – 15:00 Hours

UPDATE - Fire Situation - August 18 - 19:30 Hours

UPDATE - Fire Situation - August 18 - 13:30 Hours

UPDATE - Fire Situation - August 17 - 17:00 Hours

UPDATE: Fire Situation - August 17 - 14:00 Hours

UPDATE - Fire Situation - August 16 - 17:00 Hours

UPDATE – Fire Situation – August 16, 2021 - 12:30 Hours

Difficult night on fire lines, residents should remain alert

Update - Fire Situation - August 15 - 17:30 Hours

Update - Fire Situation - August 15 - 1500 hours

Update - Fire Situation - August 15 - 1100 hours

UPDATE - Fire Situation - August 14 - 18:15 Hours

UPDATE - Fire Situation - August 14 - 13:00 Hours

UPDATE - Fire Situation - August 13 - 21:00 Hours

UPDATE - Fire Situation - August 13 - 15:00 Hours

UPDATE – Fire Situation – August 12 – 19:30 Hours

UPDATE – Fire Situation - August 12 - 1300 Hours

UPDATE - Fire Situation - August 11 - 12:30 Hours

UPDATE - Fire Situation - August 10 - 14:30 Hours

Evacuation Alerts and Orders in the CSRD - August 10 - 10:30 Hours

Fire Update - August 9, 1200 hours

Fire Update - August 8,1300 hours

UPDATE - Fire Situation - August 7 - 16:00 Hours

UPDATE- Fire Situation - August 6 - 13:00 Hours

UPDATE - Fire Situation - August 5 - 18:00 Hours

UPDATE - Fire Situation - August 5 - 12:00 Hours

UPDATE - Fire Situation - August 4 - 13:00 Hours

UPDATE - Fire Situation - August 3 - 13:00 Hours

UPDATE - Fire Situation - August 2 - 17:35 Hours

UPDATE - Fire Situation - August 1 - 19:20 Hours

UPDATE - Fire situation - August 1 - 1300 Hours

UPDATE – Crazy Creek Gorge FSR Fire – 11:00 Hours

Update: Fire Situation July 31 - 1630 hours

Update: Fire Situation - July 30, 1630 hours

UPDATE - Fire Situation - July 29 - 17:15 Hours

UPDATE - Fire Situation - July 29 - 11:45 Hours

UPDATE - Fire Situation - July 28 - 17:00 Hours

UPDATE - White Rock Fire - July 28 - 15:00 Hours

UPDATE - Fire Situation - July 27 - 17:15 Hours

UPDATE - Hunakwa Lake Fire/Seymour Arm July 26 - 15:00 Hours

UPDATE - Fire Situation - July 25 - 10:45 Hours

UPDATE - Fire Situation - July 25 - 18:45 Hours

Video Update - Two Mile Creek/Sicamous - 13:00 Hours

Video Update - Three Valley Lake - 14:00

Video Update - Hunakwa Lake Fire/Seymour Arm- 14:00 Hours

UPDATE: Fire Situation - 19:15 Hours

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Emergency Information - Ways to Stay Informed

 

Re-entering your home after an evacuation.

We understand that you could be anxious to return home after an being on evacuation. 

We suggest that you take some time to look at these resources below to help you through the process of re-entering your home.

 

Recovery Resources

Health Resources

 

In addition, IH has a recent news release that covers some related elements.