Regional district issues flood warning
As a result of heavy rains and a forecasted rise in area river levels, the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George has activated its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to level one. Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning that may result in river levels in spots around the region reaching flood level.
The Regional District will be monitoring many areas around the region that have historically been affected by high river levels. Areas such as the Upper Fraser, Foreman Flats, Shelley and around McBride are among the locations being watched carefully.
Residents in those areas are advised to contact the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George at 1-800-667-1959 in the event that their home is threatened by flooding, or after hours at 250-960-4475.
There are no evacuation alerts in effect at this time. The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George continues to monitor the situation closely.
It’s important to understand the risks and be prepared for any emergency. People living near a river or stream can take some precautions to reduce the risk associated with a flood.
• Prepare personal emergency supply kits for your home, car and work (plan for at least a three-day supply of food and water for each family member);
• Have a grab-and-go kit ready if you have to leave your home quickly;
• Keep important papers in watertight containers and have a record of your valuables in a safe place;
• If flooding is likely in your area, pay attention to the local media for information;
• Watch for warning signs: increase in height and intensity of water flows, mudslides, debris in creeks, colour changes in water or leaning trees;
• Know that banks of rivers and streams may be unstable and dangerous;
• Teach your children about flood safety;
• Consider arrangements for your pets and any livestock.
The public is reminded to exercise extreme caution near rivers and streams. High water-flows can cause bank erosion and instability, and currents in the river can be volatile and unpredictable. Please avoid all streams and water bodies with rising levels.
For more information on emergency preparedness, including how to prepare a 72 hour emergency kit, visit the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George website at www.rdffg.bc.ca or call 1-800-667-1959