Flooding is a common, naturally occurring event in B.C. Although it can happen at any time of year, the most severe floods typically occur in the spring from the influences of heavy rain and snowmelt run-off. The resulting surge of water is usually between April and July and is known as "freshet".
If you face a threatening flood situation, park vehicles away from streams and waterways, move electrical appliances to upper floors and make sure to anchor fuel supplies. Listen to local officials if you are asked to evacuate.
Protect Your Home and Property
There are many things you can do to help protect your home and property. Take time to clean your gutters, maintain perimeter drains, clear storm drains of debris, ensure downspouts are away from your residence and complete some simple landscaping to manage run-off.
Check with an insurance agent on flood insurance for your home and business, and take a personal inventory of belongings.
Recognize the Danger Signs
Heavy snowmelt may contribute to landslides and dangerous debris in creeks and waterways. Be safe and don’t go down to watch the rushing water. If you notice trees beginning to lean or bend near your home, or cracks developing in the hillside, consult an engineer or contact local authorities.
If you live near a waterway, a change in water colour or rapid change in water level (especially a drop) could indicate a problem upstream. Call your local fire, police or public works department immediately if you suspect something out of the ordinary.
It takes two people about one hour to fill and place 100 sandbags, giving you a one-foot-by-20-foot wall. Make sure you have enough sand, burlap, plastic bags, shovels and time to prepare properly. Watch this Sandbagging Tips video for helpful instructions.