Flood Preparedness

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)

PLAN AHEAD: Now is the time to plan ahead. Think about where you would go and make a list of family or friends that you could stay with in the case of an Evacuation Order.

Self-Fill Sandbag Stations Set Up:

Sandbag stations are currently located at:

  • Hosmer Pub Parking Lot - Highway 3, Hosmer
  • Cranbrook Public Works Yard - Cobham Avenue
  • Old Barn - Mountainside Golf Course - Fairmont Hot Springs Road
  • Windermere Fire Hall parking lot - Highway 93/95
  • RDEK Pump House in Moyie - 9289 Tavistock Street
  • Centennial Hall in Kimberley - 100 4th Ave, Kimberley
  • Fernie Public Works Yard - 1492 Railway Avenue
  • Wasa Community Hall - Wasa School Road
  • Jaffray Community Hall - 7369 Jaffray Village Loop Rd

New this year are additional safety measures at the sandbag stations in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Users are asked to obey physical distancing and separate piles have been set up at each site to accommodate distancing. In addition, use of proper protective equipment (gloves, face mask, eye protection) is encouraged and users should avoid sharing equipment.  Signage is posted at each sandbag station to help provide guidance around these new safety pre-cautions and would ask all users to obey them while using the sandbag stations.

The sandbag stations have sand and sandbags. Residents need to bring their own shovels and gloves. 

Sandbags should be filled ½ to ¾ full with the ends folded over for best compaction and effectiveness when placing them.

Flood Related Resources: Emergency Numbers: During large-scale emergencies, the East Kootenay Emergency Information Line is activated.  The numbers will be posted on this page, on the RDEK's social media pages, and in the local media when the line is activated.

Click Here to return to Emergency Information Page

Emergency Numbers to Call:
  • TO REPORT FLOODING: 1-800-663-3456
  • FOREST OR WILDLAND FIRES: Cellphone: *5555 or 1-800-663-5555
  • OTHER (spills, airplane crashes, landslides, avalanche): 1-800-663-3456
Other Flood-Related Links:

Emergency Management BC also has a lot of information on everything from emergency preparedness to fires and floods.

Last edited: Fri, July 03, 2020 - 6:59:21