Floods

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 spring — known as freshet — or during fall and winter. This seasonal flooding is usually caused by heavy rain and snowmelt.

Homes may be at risk when flood water spreads to adjoining areas that are normally dry. Depending on the type and severity of flooding, it could take hours, weeks and potentially months for the water to recede and the clean-up to begin.

Flood Preparedness

Flood waters move fast, so develop a household plan, put together your emergency kit and connect with your neighbours. Learn about the emergency response plan for your area.

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

Download the PreparedBC: Flood Information for Homeowners and Home Buyers guide (PDF) to learn about protecting your home and property. 

 

Flood Information for Homeowners and Home Buyers

 

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.

Sandbagging

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 or plastic bags, shovels and time to prepare properly. 

Instructions on how to build a sandbag dike to protect your property from flood waters.

Sandbag Dike Tips

 

One Source, One Stop

PreparedBC

B.C.'s central resource for emergency preparedness information.

Protect Your Home and Property

Cover of the Flood Information Guide

Download the PreparedBC: Flood Information for Homeowners and Home Buyers guide (PDF) to learn about protecting your home and property. 

River Forecast Centre

Flood Preparedness

The BC River Forecast Centre is responsible for issuing flood watches and warnings for rivers around the province. A watch means flooding is possible, a warning means flooding will occur.

After the Flood

Following a flood, it is important to restore your home as soon as possible so your health is protected and further damage to your house and its contents is prevented. Learn about flood recovery here.

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