Emergency Info

The Regional Emergency Operations Centre is currently active in support of the COVID-19 pandemic, debris flow and flooding events around the region.

A high-level update is included below. 

Provincial Disaster Financial Assistance Now Available For Those Affected By Flooding

Emergency Management BC (EMBC) has authorized disaster financial assistance (DFA) for those who experienced damage as a result of the flooding and debris flows triggered by the May 31 heavy rainfall event.

Those who may qualify for this assistance include: home owners, residential tenants, small business owners, farmers, charitable organizations and local government bodies, who were unable to obtain insurance to cover these disaster-related losses.

Applicants should first check with their insurance agent to determine if their insurance policy provides coverage for the resulting damage. DFA is available only for essential, uninsurable losses.

Information about Disaster Financial Assistance

DFA Key Info and Q&A (Word doc)

DFA Application Form (Word doc)

LOCAL FLOOD / FRESHET UPDATE (JULY 3, 2020 @ 7:00 pm):

  • Fairmont - The State of Local Emergency has been lifted (effective 4pm today) in Fairmont as 100% of available capacity has been restored in the Cold Spring Creek and Fairmont Creek Debris Traps.  There will be no excavation or hauling this weekend. There will still be some work and touch ups next week and additional work will be carried out on both Cold Spring and Fairmont Creeks this summer (and we will continue to provide updates as that work is scheduled).  A full news release is included at the bottom of this email.  A sincere thank you to the community for your cooperation and understanding during the past month!!  As things are winding down on the emergency response, I will move to less frequent updates; however will continue to keep you informed.
  • Windermere Creek - Everyone is urged to stay away from the creek banks on Windermere Creek, particularly in the section between Victoria Avenue bridge and the lake as the banks are unstable in several places.  While there have been markers put up, everyone is urged to respect the flagging and to stay well back from the creek bank.  Although turbidity levels higher up the creek appear to be improving, there is still sedimentation depositing on the creek fan (though the amount of sediment does appear to be declining slightly).  This weekend, there will be no hauling or excavation in Windermere Creek; however, crews remain on standy should they be needed.  They removed 90 loads from the south side yesterday and will be back in action dredging on Monday.  The next community update will be Monday (unless something significant changes).
  • Edgewater - the Water Quality Advisory remains in place in Edgewater as the turbidity levels remain above 1NTU.  Our operators are actively montoring and we will keep the community advised once we are able to lift the WQA.  In the meantime, the elderly, children and those with compromised immune systems are encouraged to boil their water intended for drinking, washing fruits and vegetables, making beverages or ice, or brushing teeth for one minute prior to using.
  • Wasa Lake - Wasa has a direct relationship with the Kootenay River, which has remained high this spring and has had a slower decline than some other systems.  The good news is, the river is receding albeit slowly. After a sight rise last weekend, the lake dropped 5cm between Tuesday and last night.  Our Incident Commanders are continuing to monitor water levels.
  • High Stream Flow Advisory - the BC River Forecast Centre has issued a High Streamflow Advisory for the Upper Columbia region (which includes the Columbia Valley).  Although we may receive some rain over the next few days, the heavy rainfall being forecasted to impact rivers and streams is tracking toward Revelstoke and we are currently not anticipating heavy, prolonged rainfall.  Having said that, all waterways remain vulnerable to the heavy/intense rain that can accompany convective thunderstorms.

The Regional Emergency Operations Centre remains active and in the event that we do experience any new flooding, a reminder to report it to report it to 1-800-663-3456.

COVID-19 SNAPSHOT (June 30, 2020)

  • The Provincial State of Emergency has been extended to July 7, 2020.
  • The Province has now moved to Phase 3 in its Restart Plan and travel within BC is now allowed
    • Total confirmed cases in BC (since January):  2,916
    • Hospitalized cases:  18
    • Intensive Care:  4
    • COVID-19 related deaths:  174
    • Recovered:  2,590
  • TO view current COVID-19 stats for BC, CLICK HERE

To view more COVID-19 resources, links and former editions of the snapshot, CLICK HERE.

To view more specific information and resources, click on the linked pages:

To Report Emergencies:

  • FOREST OR WILDLAND FIRES: Cellphone: *5555 or 1-800-663-5555
  • OTHER (spills, airplane crashes, landslides, avalanche): 1-800-663-3456
  • FLOODING: 1-800-663-3456

Last edited: Fri, July 03, 2020 - 6:53:35