Evacuation Alert reduced for Little Slocan South Road
May 4, 2023
Nelson, BC: Based on the recommendation from qualified professionals who have assessed the landslide hazard, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is reducing its Evacuation Alert for Little Slocan South Road, located in the community of Vallican in Electoral Area H, from six properties to five properties. An additional one property remains on Evacuation Order. See map of the reduced area below.
Properties on Evacuation Order
3355 Little Slocan South Road
Properties on Evacuation Alert
3279 Little Slocan South Road
3300 Little Slocan South Road
3301 Little Slocan South Road
3360 Little Slocan South Road
3364 Little Slocan South Road
Due to the damage to Little Slocan South Road the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) has closed the road until further notice. Based on the challenges with water and debris, the repairs could continue through the next couple of days. The situation will be reassessed on a daily basis. If residents have further questions about the road they can contact MOTI at 250.354.6400. For residents stranded on Little Slocan South Road and in need of support please contact the RDCK EOC at 250.352.7701 or email EOCops@rdck.bc.ca.
The RDCK initially issued an Evacuation Order and Evacuation Alert on Tuesday, May 2 due to a landslide impacting a number of properties on Little Slocan South Road. After reducing both the Order and Alert in the afternoon of Wednesday, May 3, the Alert was once again expanded on the evening of May 3 due to debris flow from Talbot Creek.
For those residents on Evacuation Alert, the RDCK advises people to remain vigilant and be prepared to leave the area at a moment’s notice. It is recommended to prepare an emergency kit and ensure preparedness, including moving pets and livestock to a safe area, in the event the situation worsens and an Evacuation Order is enforced. Part of your plan should include where you can go if evacuated.
Per the BC River Forecast Centre, the entire RDCK is on flood watch for rivers and surrounding tributaries. River levels are rising and will approach or may exceed the river banks. Flooding of areas adjacent to affected waterbodies may occur.
The RDCK warns everyone to stay away from the edges of watercourses and report any erosion or flooding to the Provincial Emergency Coordinator Centre at 1.800.663.3456
Updates or changes to the Evacuation Order and Evacuation Alert will be provided via the RDCK website, Facebook and Twitter as more information becomes available. For details about evacuation and emergency preparedness, along with other resources, please visit www.rdck.ca/eocinfo. The RDCK EOC public inquiry line is 250.352.7701.
What residents can do to be prepared:
- Sandbags and sand are available for residents at any of the locations listed on the RDCK website: www.rdck.ca/befloodprepared
- If you have livestock or large animals, now is the time to consider moving them.
- If you are not physically able to evacuate yourself, contact the EOC public inquiry line at 250.352.7701
For more emergency about evacuations and emergency preparedness, along with other resources:
- Current RDCK Evacuation Alerts, Orders and Rescinds or call 250.352.7701
- Report flooding or any new hazards to the 24-hour toll-free provincial emergency number at 1.800.663.3456.
- Sign up for RDCK Emergency Notification System to receive notifications
- RDCK web map
- Follow the BC River Forecast Centre for flood warning and advisories
- Public weather alerts for BC from Environment Canada
- Fortis BC Outage Map or call 1.866.436.7847
- BC Hydro outage map or call 1.800.224.9376
- Nelson Hydro 1.877.324.9376
- Drive BC for highway closures and road conditions
- Yellowhead Road and Bridge (YRB) 1.888.630.1420
- Prepared BC
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The content on this page was last updated May 4 2023 at 9:56 AM