UPDATE: Roads, Power, Floods

20 kilometres north of Kaslo at at Lardeau Bluffs. Traffic reduced to single lane alternating traffic.

The evacuation alert for those homes affected by the road closure on Slocan Valley West Road was lifted at 12 p.m. today.

 - Shoreacres—Goose Creek Road at 2565 Shoreacres—Goose Creek Road
 - Highway 31 10 kms. north of Coffee Creek Bridge (road closed in both directions)

Please visit Drive BC for current road conditions at http://www.drivebc.ca/

Residents throughout the region are being asked to monitor local streams, creeks and rivers for rising water. People should also be aware of breaking ice dams and blocked culverts. Sandbags are available at local fire halls if needed.

Please keep these points in mind:

  • Flood waters (ice jams) can be unpredictable and can have serious, life safety impacts. Keep children and pets away from waterways during times of increased water elevations and rapid flows.
  • If you receive an evacuation order, leave the area immediately. Failing to leave when instructed can endanger both you and the lives of first-responders.
  • If ordered to leave, take your emergency kit and lock the door. If there’s time, move essential items off the floor to an elevated location. 
  • If instructed, turn off utilities at main switches or valves. DO NOT touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
  • Stay out of moving water and never walk through it. Even six inches of moving water can make you fall and because of dangerous debris beneath the surface or strong currents, it can put you at risk of drowning.
  • Do not drive into flooded areas or park along streams, rivers and creeks. Two feet of water can carry away most vehicles, including SUVs and pickup trucks.
  • Avoid river and stream banks. What looks like stable ground can be eroded beneath and give way without warning.

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: www.embc.gov.bc.ca

For local RDCK Flood Information Bulletins (when applicable) please see www.rdck.bc.ca

Heavy precipitation can saturate soils which can affect slope stability. People are advised to be aware of possible sloughing or slides.

For current weather conditions, visit http://www.avalanche.ca/weather or https://weather.gc.ca/forecast/canada/index_e.html?id=BC

Although more rain is expected over the weekend, the forecast calls for precipitation to taper off.

IN THE EVENT OF A FLOOD EMERGENCY, call the 24/7 Provincial Emergency Reporting Number


For more information:

Anitra Winje, RDCK Information Officer


The content on this page was last updated February 7 2015 at 12:18 PM