Evacuation Alert Information

The warm weather we are experiencing is causing a rapid melt of the snow pack into the Similkameen River. Because the current river forecast holds the potential for record high water levels, an Evacuation Alert is being issued for low lying areas on the Similkameen, including Keremeos.

THIS IS NOT AN EVACUATION ORDER, but the situation could change quickly. 

Please read details of the following Evacuation Alert, including impacted civic addresses and map.  Be completely prepared to leave on short notice should an Evacuation Order be issued. If an Evacuation Order is issued, it will contain information on where to go and register.

 

 

Additional Resource:  Provincial Disaster Financial Assistance Program

 

 

EVACUATION ALERT RESCINDED - WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2018 AT 3:30 PM

 

The Evacuation Alert is rescinded for the Village of Keremeos.  While the risk of widespread flooding has passed, groundwater throughout low lying areas of Keremeos may continue to be an issue for a number of property owners.  The wastewater treatment plant is also still struggling with excess groundwater, so we ask for residents' cooperation in staying clear of emergency backup equipment, hoses, and standing water in that area.  A copy of the Evacuation Alert Rescinding can be found by clicking on the link below.

 

We wish to thank residents for their extraordinary resilience and calm throughout the flood warning and evacuation alert!

 

2018 05 23 Evacuation Alert Rescinded

 

EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTRE UPDATE - TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2018 10:00 AM

 

Local authorities would like to remind residents to continue to exercise caution around all flooded areas. Municipalities and the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) have deployed flood mitigation armouring. These include Tiger Dams, Gabions (rock filled wire baskets), and sandbags.

 

Do not remove ANY installed infrastructure. All sandbags and installed armouring should remain in place until removed by crews. For those with sandbags in place on private property, residents will be advised when the threat of flooding is past. Sand is not the natural foreshore on lakes and waterways so proper and responsible disposal is required. Please follow the direction of your local government or regional district before disposing of sandbags or other materials. Centralized drop off zones will be made available at the appropriate time. 

 

Do not walk or stand on any armouring as contents may have shifted due to water flows.

 

As spring freshet continues, residents need to be aware that the flood threat will not be over for some time as spring meltwater is unpredictable and may fluctuate, pulsing water into creeks, rivers and lakes.

 

Electoral Area “G” - Olalla: groundwater and overland flooding still threatens homes

                               - Keremeos Creek: banks are compromised and works underway

                               - Similkameen River: banks and dykes are being worked on at present

 

The RDOS is working with partners on a flood recovery plan to support communities to recover from flooding.  

 

FLOOD WATCH UPDATE - FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018 3:30 PM

Emergency operations' projections for the upcoming weekend are for steady river, creek and groundwater conditions to what we are currently experiencing. We remain optimistic, but understand the entire region is vulnerable to spot-flooding from rainfall. The Evacuation Alert is still in place.

As the wastewater treatment plant is still working hard to process excess water, we ask residents to do anything they can to reduce input into the plant such as fewer flushes or shorter showers.

Please continue to check the keremeos.ca and rdos.bc.ca websites for flood watch updates. For flooding emergencies, call the Emergency Operations Centre at 250-490-4225.

Enjoy the Rodeo weekend!

EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTRE UPDATE: CAUTION ON FLOOD PROTECTION INFRASTRUCTURE – THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018 4:00 PM

All municipalities and the RDOS: local authorities would like to remind residents and visitors to exercise caution around all lake foreshores, waterways, creeks and rivers.  Do not walk or stand on gabion baskets, tiger dams or sandbags as contents may have shifted due to wave action.    Also, infrastructure stabilization and securing lines can be dangerous tripping hazards.

 

All sandbags and installed armouring must remain in place until otherwise directed by your local authority.

 

The flood threat may not be over some time, as weather uncertainty, groundwater, floodwaters, creeks and lake levels are still fluctuating.

 

EVACUATION ALERT UPDATE – WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2018 4:00 PM

 

Today's river level and projected peak for upcoming days is lower than predicted, but still requires constant monitoring. A risk also remains of thunderstorms carrying rain over the next few days. While we are cautiously optimistic, we ask that residents stay completely prepared for evacuation. The Evacuation Alert remains in place.

There have been widespread rumours that the Village plans to shut down sewer and electricity this week, which is FALSE. Strategic shutdowns would only take place in an Evacuation Order scenario. 

We have emergency redundancy built into the wastewater treatment plant right now which involves over-ground piping. Please do not touch, move or drive over the piping.

 

Additional Resource: Why It's Bad to Drive On Overland Hose Lines

 

WHERE TO GO FOR UP-TO-DATE FLOODING INFORMATION AND RESOURCES - WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2018 11:00 AM

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), is your primary source for the most up-to-date information for current Evacuation Alerts and Evacuation Orders, and for where Emergency Support Services are available. We collaborate with all communities within the region, however if you live within the municipalities of Princeton, Oliver, Osoyoos, Keremeos, Penticton or Summerland please check their websites. 

Up-To-Date Information

RDOS website Hot Topics: www.rdos.bc.ca    
RDOS website Emergency Operations Centre: http://www.rdos.bc.ca/news-events/eoc/active-eoc-information/
RDOS website Sand and Sandbag locations:
http://rdos.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=4072155ed5cd40158f8a6e76ccaa1d2e

Emergency Support Services

For all questions about Emergency Support Services throughout the region call: 250-490-4225 They can help if you are:

  • incapacitated and need assistance with leaving your home under an Evacuation Alert  (self evacuation) or Evacuation Order
  • you or a family member has serious health concerns that require urgent access or close proximity to a hospital
  • you or a family member has a life threatening condition requiring imminent or ongoing treatment
  • needing answers - if you would like to understand if you are eligible for these services, please call the Emergency Operation Centre 8:30 am to 4:30 pm daily at 250-490-4225

At this time, the Penticton Community Centre at 325 Power Street, Penticton is open May 16th  – 18th between 1 and 4 pm

Canadian Red Cross is liaising with the ESS and valuable resources are available at www.redcross.ca

Companion Animals – Pets and livestock
For assistance with planning for or evacuating companion animals, please call the Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team – ALERT at 250-809-7152

NOTE: If an Evacuation Order is put in place for your location, First Responders, such as Police, Fire, Search and Rescue, or local government staff, will come to your door or property to provide you the Order and information on where to register as an evacuee.

 

BEWARE OF UNOFFICIAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION FOR EVACUATION ORDERS - TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2018 10:00 AM

During an emergency it is common for false information and rumors to be shared in social media and between neighbours. For official and correct information visit the official sites for the RDOS online, listed below, or call the Emergency Operations Centre at 250-490-4225. DriveBC and the Interior Health Authority also provide accurate and current information.

 

If an evacuation is ordered, only first responders such as Police, Fire, Search and Rescue or Local Government Staff, will come to doors. If approached by a member of the public, residents can check official sources before leaving their homes.

 

If residents see someone acting suspicious in their area they can contact the non-emergency number for their local RCMP detachment.  Residents can lock all doors when leaving but should leave gates unlocked to allow first responders in to protect their property.

 

Emergency Support Services Reception Centre located at the Penticton Community Centre at 325 Power Street, Penticton is open today from 1 pm to 4 pm. ESS Reception Centre is open for residents under an Evacuation Order, people with severe medical conditions or patients currently under care by Interior Health Authority. All self-evacuated or evacuated persons are asked to register in person, or by phone at 250-490-4225.

 

Reception Centre hours are subject to change today in the event of evacuations orders.

 

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) official website is www.rdos.bc.ca, on twitter @EmergMgtRDOS and on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/RegionalDistrictOfOkanaganSimilkameen.

 

The Emergency Operations Centre and ESS Reception Centre in Penticton can be reached at 250-490-4225.  

 

EMERGENCY SUPPORT SERVICES NOW AVAILABLE FOR SOME SELF-EVACUEES - MONDAY, MAY 14, 2018 3:30 PM

This is an important advisory for residents in the Hedley and Similkameen River Area that are currently under Evacuation Alert. It’s recommended that residents with limited mobility or health needs in this Evacuation Alert area self-evacuate immediately. At this time, within the Evacuation Alert only those with health and mobility issues will be eligible for food and lodging assistance. Please call the Emergency Support Services Info Line to determine coverage.

 

Residents within the Evacuation Alert eligible for support through ESS right now:

  • Health concerns or medical needs (ensure all medications and health needs are packed)
  • Residents with regular health appointments in Penticton or Princeton, please bring your important medications and emergency preparedness kit, in the event an evacuation order is issued while you are away from home and cannot return.
  • Mobility issues

Emergency Support Services Reception Centre is located at the Penticton Community Centre - 325 Power Street, Penticton. Please see the list on the next page of this release for important Evacuation Alert preparation. All self-evacuated or evacuated persons are asked to register in person, or by phone to Emergency Support Services Info Line at 250-328-2702 (starting at 3 pm). Residents can also contact the Emergency Operation Centre at 250-490-4225.

 

As well, all ranchers, agriculturists, horse owners, and residents with livestock or animals at risk can contact the Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team (ALERT) to start moving these animals out of Evacuation Alert areas. For livestock or animal concerns, please contact ALERT at 250-809-7152.

 

The BC River Forecast Centre is predicting the Similkameen River to rise over the next few days. The RDOS recommends residents in Hedley and along the Similkameen River area, that are currently under Evacuation Alert - prepare for an Evacuation Order in the next few days. 

 

Due to flooding concerns, Highway 3 will likely be closed in multiple locations and it is important that residents prepare now for a potential Evacuation Order. Closure of Highway 3 will potentially strand residents, and people with health issues, pets or livestock need to prepare to self-evacuate. Nickel Plate Road, from Hedley to Apex Mountain, is washed out and currently impassible. 

 

If you require assistance or for more information, please contact RDOS EOC 250-490-4225.

 

To View the Official Information Bulletin, please click on the link below:

May 14 2018 Similkameen River Area Residents Prepare for Evacuation Orders

 

For Information on Disaster Financial Assistance, please click here.

 

EVACUATION ALERT CLARIFICATION – MONDAY, MAY 14, 2018 12:30 PM

The RDOS issued information this morning for residents with livestock, medical conditions or mobility challenges to self-evacuate immediately from evacuation alert areas along the Similkameen River.

http://www.rdosmaps.bc.ca/min_bylaws/EOC/2018Flood/20180514_1100_SR_Hedley_Prep.pdf

The Village wishes to provide additional information regarding that bulletin:

  • residents who choose to self-evacuate PRIOR to an official Evacuation Order must find their own alternate accommodation at their own expense
  • for those who choose to self-evacuate, you may go/register with the specified evacuation reception centre listed in the Evacuation Order IF a subsequent Evacuation Order is issued for your property
  • although information is tentative at this point, any evacuation reception centre is unlikely to be in Keremeos...more likely in Penticton. If an Evacuation Order is issued, it will include all information about where to go and how to register.
  • the RDOS emergency operation centre is working hard to firm up details on emergency services, should they be required.
  • the emergency operation and Village of Keremeos staff continue to monitor the river and dikes carefully.

Please keep checking the keremeos.ca website, where we will add information as we have it, along with Resident Notifications through the email/text/phone system.

 

EVACUATION ALERT – SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2018 6:30 PM

An Evacuation Alert has been issued by the Village of Keremeos.

Because of the potential danger to life, health, and property damage due to the threat of flooding of the Similkameen River valley, the Village of Keremeos has issued an Evacuation Alert for the properties listed in the attached schedule.

An Evacuation Alert has been issued to prepare you to evacuate your premises or property should it be found necessary.

Residents will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to evacuation; however you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions.

 

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO WHEN AN ALERT IS IN EFFECT
 

Upon notification of an ALERT, you should be prepared for the evacuation order by:

  • Locating all family members or co-workers and designate a Reception Centre outside the evacuation area, should an evacuation be called while separated.
  • Gathering essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (i.e. insurance), immediate care needs for dependents and, if you choose, keepsakes (photographs, etc.). Have these items readily available for quick departure.
  • Preparing to move any disabled persons and/or children.
  • Moving pets and livestock to a safe area.
  • Arranging to transport your household members or co-workers in the event of an evacuation order. If you need transportation assistance from the area please call 250-490-4225.
  • Arranging accommodation for your family if possible. In the event of an evacuation, Reception Centres will be opened if required.
  • Monitoring news sources for information on evacuation orders and locations of Reception Centres.

For more information contact:  

Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen EOC at 250 490-4225.

 

To View the list of properties included in this Evacuation Alert, please click on the link below:

May 13 2018 Village of Keremeos Evacuation Alert - List of Impacted Properties

 

To View the Official Information Bulletin, please click on the link below:

May 13 2018 Village of Keremeos Evacuation Alert - Information Bulletin

 

Keremeos has declared a local state of emergency so that we have access to funding for emergency works. You will see crews out reinforcing critical infrastructure.

 

The Similkameen continues to rise and is predicted to reach higher levels for the next couple of days. The RDOS Emergency Operations Centre, engineers and Village staff are monitoring the river and dikes constantly.

THIS IS NOT AN EVACUATION NOTICE, but please be prepared to secure and leave your property on short notice.
Please contact the Village Office at 250-499-2711 immediately if you see running water where it shouldn't be!
For more information, visit Keremeos' website at keremeos.ca and the RDOS website at rdos.bc.ca

 

FLOOD WATCH UPDATE – FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2018 3:00 PM

Emergency Management BC advised this afternoon that the Similkameen River will recede for the next couple of days, then start to rise again as the warm weather melts the snow pack.

Residents should remain prepared in case the river surges again.

 

VILLAGE OF KEREMEOS INFORMATION RELEASE:  Declaration of State of Local Emergency

May 10, 2018   11:00 am

 

The Village of Keremeos, in consultation with the Province of British Columbia has declared a State of Local Emergency as of May 10, 2018 due to the Similkameen River and tributary creeks experiencing high flows and potential localized flooding on properties and roadways from groundwater inundation which may threaten life, safety and cause significant property damage.  
 

What does a Declaration of State of Local Emergency (SOLE) mean?

Declaring a state of local emergency enables local authorities (Regional Districts, municipalities) in the Province of British Columbia to utilize the emergency powers listed in the Emergency Program Act.  The emergency powers are used by the local authority to order the evacuation of residents from their homes, prohibit travel and enter private property when an emergency threatens lives, property or the environment within the local authority’s jurisdiction.

In the event that the situation deteriorates, residents will be given as much notice as possible via an advance Evacuation Alert which may be followed by an Evacuation Order.  Once evacuated, residents should leave the evacuated area immediately and register at the reception centre identified.

 

For More information on Preparing for Flood or Fire:

Website: www.rdos.ca
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RegionalDistrictOfOkanaganSimilkameen/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmergMgtRDOS

 

This release is approved by Keremeos Mayor, Manfred Bauer

To view the original document, click here.

 

Flood Warning For All Low Lying Properties Along the Similkameen River

May 8, 2018   5:30 pm

 

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) together with the Town of Princeton, Upper Similkameen Indian Band, Village of Keremeos and Lower Similkameen Indian Band, are warning properties owners along the Similkameen River that due to the expected increased flow over the next few days access to properties (roads and/or highways) may be compromised or become impassable.

 

BC River Forecast Centre, Environment Canada and the Emergency Management BC are predicting increasing water flows over the next several days with potential of high flows of the Similkameen River and nearby creeks for the next 10 days due to spring snow melt. All agencies are actively assessing the situations and should conditions deteriorate, each local government will put Evacuation Alerts in place for their affected residents.

 

Information on how residents should prepare themselves is listed below. If the situation deteriorates, strategic Evacuation Orders may be implemented. All affected residents will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to road closures or evacuation orders. However, situations may dictate that residents may receive limited notice due to changing conditions. It is important to be proactive, assess your property for potential flooding or damage, and make mitigation efforts. Sand and sandbags are available throughout the region: https://goo.gl/c8uQSc

 

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO WHEN A PRECAUTIONARY ALERT OR EVACUATION ALERT IS IN EFFECT

Upon notification of an EVACUATION ALERT, residents should be prepared for immediate evacuation by:

  • Locating all family members or co-workers and designate a meeting place outside the evacuation area, should an evacuation be called while separated;
  • Gathering essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (i.e. insurance), cell phone charges and immediate care needs for dependents and, if choosen, keepsakes (photographs, etc.). Have these items readily available for quick departure;
  • Preparing to move any disabled persons and/or children;
  • Moving pets and livestock to a safe area;
  • Arranging to transport household members or co-workers in the event of an evacuation order. Affected residents needing transportation assistance from the area can call the RDOS Emergency Operations Centre at 250-490-4225;
  • Arranging accommodation for family members if possible. In the event of an evacuation, Reception Centres will be opened if required. Contact 250-490-4225 for information;
  • Monitoring news sources for information on evacuation orders and locations of Reception Centres.

For more information visit the RDOS website www.rdos.bc.ca

 

Additional Resources

Preparing for a Flood

PreparedBC Household Preparedness Guide

PreparedBC Household Emergency Plan

In It Together Neighbourhood Preparedness Guide

PreparedBC Emergency Kit Information

Sandbagging - General Information (English)

Sandbagging - General Information (Punjabi)

Flood Preparedness (Provincial Government Information)

Floods - What To Do (Regional District Information)

Preparing Your Business For a Flood

 

Issued by RDOS Director of Emergency Operations on behalf of: Town of Princeton, Upper Similkameen Indian Band, Village of Keremeos and Lower Similkameen Indian Band.

Media Inquiries: 250-486-8833