Freshet and flood
Freshets (flooding caused by heavy rain or snow melt) and other types of flooding events can pose a serious threat to agricultural operations located in flood plains and low-lying areas. Learn more about how to be prepared for flooding if you work in B.C.’s agricultural industry:
- Emergency Preparedness Tips (see section 1.2 - Preparedness Tips Specific to Flood Plains and Wells)
- Emergency Preparedness Tips for Flooding: Livestock Sector (PDF, 133 KB)
- Emergency Preparedness Tips for Flooding: Horticulture Sector (PDF, 108 KB)
- British Columbia Flood Response Plan (PDF, 792 KB)
The B.C. Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative develops tools and resources to enhance agriculture’s ability to adapt to climate change. Flood mitigation strategies and plans specific to the regions of BC are available.
Learn more about flood risks for your area by looking at B.C.’s Floodplain Mapping website:
Water wells and groundwater can be contaminated during flooding events due to the inflow of flood waters into the well or aquifer. While there are ways to rehabilitate a well affected by surface flood water, well owners should take steps before and after flooding to minimize any potential impacts. Learn more about well protection, well disinfection and water quality:
The links below take you to provincial and national agencies with information, advisories, forecasts and/or warnings on streamflow and/or conditions that may lead to an increased flood risk in your area.