Thompson Okanagan Guidance for Instream Work During a Flood Emergency
Flooding is a common, naturally occurring event in B.C. This page provides guidance to local governments and waterfront landowners on conducting “changes in and about a stream” under the Water Sustainability Act during a flood emergency.
Information for Local Governments
The Water Sustainability Regulation authorizes local governments to construct certain erosion protection and flood protection works during a flood emergency. As part of this authorization, local governments must report all works to a Habitat Officer within 72 hours. This is a legislative requirement whether the works were authorized and/or funded by Emergency Management BC (EMBC) or completed using local government resources. Local governments are encouraged to retain qualified professionals to assist in following best practices for the protection of aquatic ecosystems where possible.
- Flood Emergency Works Guidance for Local Governments (PDF)
- Reporting Form: Category 1 Culvert/Bridge Obstruction (DOC)
- Reporting Form: Category 2 Erosion/Flood Protection Works (XLS)
Local governments must apply for a Change Approval or submit Notification of instream work for all changes in and about a stream once the immediate flooding emergency has subsided, including any post-flooding recovery works.
Information for Waterfront Landowners
Waterfront landowners are entitled to protect their property from flood damage through the planned construction of erosion protection works. However, the Water Sustainability Regulation does not allow for waterfront landowners to construct flood protection or other works in and about a stream during a flood emergency. Waterfront landowners are permitted to use sandbags to protect property during a flood emergency.
- Flood Information for Homeowners and Home Buyers: Advice for Protecting your Home and Property (includes instructions on how to build a sandbag dike)
- Flood Recovery Information for Waterfront Landowners (PDF)
Waterfront landowners must apply for a Change Approval or submit Notification of instream work for all changes in and about a stream including any post-flooding recovery works.