Floods on the Rise

Creston flood damages homes

Homes have been affected by flooding in the Creston area after an ice dam broke. No injuries have been reported but residents are asked to be vigilant as temperatures rise over the coming week.

“Rising temperatures are resulting in breaking ice which could lead to flooding and damage,” said Andrew Bellerby, Regional Fire Chief for the Regional District of Central Kootenay. “Please stay away from water and report any flooding to the RDCK (see contact information below).

Be Flood Prepare

The RDCK asks residents to prepare emergency plans and kits containing tools and items necessary to protect their homes and properties. In potential life threatening circumstances, the RDCK, along with the support of Emergency Management BC (EMBC), may issue an Evacuation Alert or an Evacuation Order to residents living in a flood hazard area.

Any Evacuation Alerts or Orders will be communicated through the RDCK’s emergency alert system, as well as posted on our website and Facebook page, and broadcast through local media. 

If you haven’t already signed up for the free Emergency Notification System, please do so at: https://rdckemergency.connectrocket.com/ or visit the RDCK website and check out the Emergency Alert Quick Link on our home page.

In the event of a flood emergency

Listen to local radio stations for more information on sand bag locations and current evacuation alerts & orders.

To report potential flooding or for more information call RDCK Emergency Coordinators:

Nelson / Kaslo & Areas D, E, F, I, J                      250-354-5343
Nakusp / Slocan & Areas H,K                               250-265-1920
Creston & Areas A, B, C / Salmo & Area G          250-254-8255 

24/7 Provincial Emergency Reporting Number

Emergency Management BC - Emergency Coordination Centre: 1-800-663-3456

Dirty or muddy water: please report immediately!

For information on debris flow hazards:

For information on Flood Preparedness, How to Sand Bag; Creating a Personal Emergency Kit and current River Flow Levels from the BC River Forecast Centre check out: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/emergency-management-bc/flood-protection-and-planning

For Kootenay Lake water levels:         www.fortisbc.ca 

For local RDCK Flood/ Freshet Information News Releases (when applicable) please see www.rdck.bc.ca 

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For further information, please contact:
Andrew Bellerby

General Manager of Fire and Emergency Services/Regional Fire Chief



The content on this page was last updated January 17 2017 at 8:28 AM