Be Flood Prepared

Flooding and other weather-related events are a common occurrence in the Kootenays from February through July.

 Residents are responsible for having an emergency plan as well as the tools and items necessary to protect their homes and properties (such as sand bags). In potential life threatening circumstances, the Regional District of Central Kootenay, 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.

EMBC has provided sand bags to the RDCK to protect local infrastructure (bridges, highways, water treatment plants, communications etc.) and to residents if the need becomes apparent.

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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                            250-354-5343

Nakusp/ Slocan Areas H, I, J, K                       250-265-1920

Creston Area 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:

For Kootenay Lake Water Levels 

For local RDCK Flood/ Freshet Information Bulletins (when applicable) please see 

The content on this page was last updated February 18 2016 at 3:51 PM