Emergency Info

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Current Emergency Updates:
Regional Flooding Information

Updated: December 1, 2021 10:00am

  • High Streamflow Advisory issued by BC River Forecast Centre remains in effect and sudden localized changes in streams and creeks are still possible.
  • Tips:
    • ✔ Stay away from creeks/waterways
    • ✔ Register for the Regional Evacuation Notification System
    • ✔ Sandbag if you live in a flood-prone area
    • ✔ Have your grab and go kit and emergency plan ready
  • Self-fill sandbag station locations (bring shovel/gloves):
    • Hosmer – Elk River Inn – Hwy 3 at 6th Avenue (in the lot south of the building)
    • Fernie – 1350 Railway Avenue, corner of Railway Ave & Ridgemont Ave
    • Sparwood - Engelmann Spruce Drive past the Mainroad Yard and Fire Hall #1
    • Cranbrook – Next to Public Works Yard, 201 Cobham Avenue
  • Due to the warm temperatures and the saturation of the ground, smaller creeks and tributaries will be particularly susceptible to impacts and sudden changes as a result of heavy rainfall. Stay away from creeks and rivers as banks can be unstable and conditions can change quickly with little to no warning.
  • The Regional Evacuation Notification System is powered by Voyent Alert! and notifies anyone who has registered of evacuation orders or alerts. It is a free, anonymous service and is available to everyone in the East Kootenay including municipalities, rural areas and First Nations. For instructions on how to sign up, CLICK HERE.
  • ⚠ Residents who see, or are experiencing, wide-scale flooding are encouraged to report it immediately to the Provincial Emergency Coordination Centre at 1-800-663-3456. This is the fastest and most effective way to activate local emergency management personnel.
  • A Regional Damage Assessment Reporting page has been set up for property owners who’ve experienced damage as a result of localized flooding as a result of the Novemer 14-16 rain event. To learn more, visit https://engage.rdek.bc.ca/damagereport
Flooding Emergency Resources

For affected property owners there are a number of important steps you can take as you begin the clean up process.

  1. The first step is to contact your insurance company immediately.
  2. Take photos of any damage to your home and property.
  3. Fill out a Flood Damage Report here: engage.rdek.bc.ca/damagereport
  4. Keep all receipts associated with the clean up.
  5. If your well or septic field were inundated with flood waters, it is also important to follow up with a certified septic practitioner and shock your well. Interior Health also recommends having your water tested by a qualified lab to ensure it hasn’t been affected. A list of labs, restoration companies and flood-related resources can be found below.

While no official announcement has been made, this weather event is likely to qualify for Provincial Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA). Having photos, receipts and details about the damage and clean up costs will be critical for property owners if DFA is approved.



COVID-19 Vaccine Info

Provincial restrictions remain in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The restrictions are made by the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) under the Public Health Act.



COVID-19 Testing - 4 Symptoms to Watch For

There are four symptoms that are highly predictive of the virus:

  • fever or chills,
  • cough,
  • loss of sense of smell or taste, and
  • difficulty breathing.

If you have any of these symptoms, you should arrange to get tested right away. If you have one or two of any of the other symptoms, you can wait 24 hours. These symptoms include sore throat, loss of appetite, extreme fatigue, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. If you feel the same or worse after 24 hours, then you should also get tested.

As always, if you are uncertain, contact your health provider or call 811.

Last edited: Thu, December 02, 2021 - 10:06:48