Sign up for Emergency Notification System
The RDCK's Emergency Notification System is dedicated to communicating with our residents and visitors in the case of an emergency or disaster that requires evacuation or sheltering in place. You will be notified via text, voice call or email, depending on how you sign up, that will instantly alert you to leave your place of residence or current location and seek alternate shelter until the emergency is under control. When you sign up you will indicate the area in which you live in so that you will receive notifications that are relevant to your location.
There is also an added system that will keep evacuees informed with up to date information once they have been evacuated.
For more information, contact Deb Burnett at 250-352-8154.
- May 23, 2018, 3:00pm: Update: The RDCK continues to monitor water levels and assess the potential for flooding throughout the region. Water levels have receded somewhat, meaning a decreased risk of flooding—but rain and storms are forecast over the next few days so we are keeping a close eye on conditions. Intense, localized rainfall combined with high temperatures means that things could change very quickly for some areas. We encourage homeowners to continue to be flood prepared. Evacuation alerts remain in effect for Salmo and parts of Area G, and for parts of the Slocan Valley. View current alerts on the RDCK website: http://www.rdck.ca/EN/main/services/emergency-management/evacuation-order-and-alert-page.html
- May 22, 2018, 11:30am: Update - Conditions throughout the region improved somewhat over the long weekend. High waters have receded, and the outlook is good for now. However, higher temperatures are forecast for the week ahead, which may lead to rapid snowmelt and a subsequent rise in water levels. The RDCK will continue to monitor the situation and check in with other agencies—including local authorities, FLNRO and the BC River Forecast Centre—as the week progresses. The RDCK is also monitoring Kootenay Lake levels, and is working with its partners on a response plan if the levels continue to rise. For the time being, all evacuation alerts in Salmo and Slocan Valley will remain in place as a precaution—the RDCK thanks everyone for their patience and cooperation. We would like to thank all the firefighters and volunteers who joined in on sandbagging efforts here in the RDCK, and alongside our friends in the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary and in other areas experiencing flooding. We will provide further updates over the coming days.
May 18, 2018, 3:00pm: Media release - Public asked to stay vigilant over the long weekend - Evacuation alerts remain in effect
May 18, 2018, 10:00am: Update: Salmo - Schools in Salmo were closed today as a precaution, but weather has been favourable. More than 20,000 sandbags have been placed in high-risk areas. Sandbagging by residents will likely continue, but RDCK crews will start to focus on other priority areas. We are cautiously optimistic moving into the weekend. Slocan Valley - Evacuation alerts were issued Thursday evening for parts of Slocan Valley. We continue to focus flood protection efforts on Indian Point Road and Slocan Valley Road West. Weather will continue to be a factor as we move into the long weekend. General - Rivers and creeks across the RDCK remain high, so be careful and stay vigilant. If it becomes necessary to evacuate any areas, we will activate our Emergency Notification System. Please sign up if you haven't had a chance to do so yet at https://rdckemergency.connectrocket.com/ or call the EOC at 250-352-7701.
- May 17, 2018, 6:00pm: Media release - Evacuation alerts issued for Slocan Valley
- May 17, 2018, 11:00am: Update: Sandbagging continues to be the priority in Salmo. Precipitation is forecast for later today, and waters are expected to continue to rise. Water engineers and other experts are advising on other areas potentially at risk of flooding. People living in low-lying areas or near waterways across the RDCK are urged to be vigilant and watch for further updates. Our thanks to firefighters and volunteers who have been filling and placing sandbags—thanks for helping to protect our communities!
- May 16, 2018, 3:30pm: Media release - Flood protection efforts continue in Salmo
- May 16, 2018, 10:30am: Update - Flood protection work continues today. Last night, 18 volunteer firefighters were on site in Salmo training on the deployment of the Rapid Barrier System dams—water-filled barriers that can be quickly deployed to hold back flood waters. Today, more than 40 firefighters are helping to fill and place sandbags to protect critical public infrastructure. Our thanks to the City of Nelson for providing a truck with a sandbag-filling attachment to make this process go much faster. The evacuation alert issued on Monday remains in place. Officials are currently working with engineers and other experts to determine the potential location and direction of water flows, and where flood protection efforts should be focused.
- May 15, 2018, 3:15pm: Media release - Mitigation work underway in Salmo
- May 15, 2018, 12:00pm: Update - Assessment and monitoring of the Salmo dike on Erie Creek continue today. Mitigation work has started, including sandbagging, positioning of rip rap, and removal of trees from the creek. The evacuation alert issued on Monday remains in place. A further update will be issued this afternoon.
- May 14, 2018, 4:00pm: Media release - Evacuation alert issued for Salmo
- April 21, 2018, 9:30am: Media release - Evacuation order on Sentinel Mountain reduced to evacuation alert
- April 19, 2018, 5:30pm: Media release - Remediation plan in the works for Sentinel Mountain mud slide
- April 19, 2018, 10:00am: Media release - Technical assessment continues on Sentinel Mountain mud slide
- April 18, 2018, 3:00pm: Evacuation order: Thrums/Castlegar Area - Sentinel Mountain Forest Service Road
- April 18, 2018, 11:30am: Media release - RDCK working with agencies in response to mud slide on Highway 3A
- April 18, 2018, 10:00am: The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) has been advised that a mud slide has blocked Highway 3A near Brilliant north of Castlegar. The event occurred just before 9:00 am today. The highway is closed in both directions. The public should check www.drivebc.ca for information about alternate routes. The RDCK has activated its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to support all agencies involved. More information will be shared as the situation develops.
The content on this page was last updated May 28 2018 at 2:21 PM
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