Flood Watch Advisory for the West Kootenay Region

11:45 AM

Nelson, BC: The BC River Forecast Centre has upgraded the West Kootenay area from a High Streamflow Advisory to a Flood Watch. This means, river and stream levels are rising and will approach or may exceed bankfull. This advisory affects the entire Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK), but specifically highlights the Kaslo River below Kemp Creek, the Slocan River near Crescent Valley and tributaries around Creston and Nelson. Due to rising snowmelt rates and 30 to 50mm of expected rainfall in the forecast the potential for flooding continues to increase. Residents are advised to stay clear of the fast flowing rivers and potentially unstable riverbanks during the high streamflow period.

The RDCK Emergency Operations Centre reminds residents that along with the risk of flooding, there is an increased risk of landslides, debris floods or flows, and rock fall during intense rainfall or rapid snowmelt. Residents should report landslides and floods to the Provincial Emergency Coordination Centre by calling 1-800-663-3456.

The RDCK encourages residents to remain prepared for unexpected events or emergencies by making a plan, having a household emergency kit, and a grab and go bag. It is also important to review your insurance policy. Standard home, tenant and condo insurance policies provide coverage for some expenses when you leave your home due to mandatory evacuation orders.

Updates or changes to Evacuation Orders and Alerts in the RDCK will be provided via the RDCK website, Facebook and Twitter as more information becomes available. For details about the RDCK Emergency Notification System (Voyent Alert!) and emergency preparedness, please visit http://www.rdck.ca/eocinfo. The RDCK public inquiry line is 250.352-7701.

Sandbags and sand are made available to residents. To find your nearest sandbag locations, please visit www.rdck.ca/BeFloodPrepared.

Emergency Preparedness Resources

River Forecast Centre
Current Flood Warning and Advisories
Current Streamflow Conditions and Flood Forecast Modeling
Sign up for RDCK Emergency Notification System to receive notifications
RDKC Emergency Management
Emergency Management – Prepared BC
Prepared BC emergency guides and resources
Landslide and Flooding Risk Due to Wildfires – Ministry of Forests
Public Weather Alerts
Drive BC

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The content on this page was last updated June 13 2022 at 11:55 AM