Flooding may occur during the spring freshet when runoff from melting snow causes high water levels in streams, lakes and other waterways. This is a natural function of the overall ecosystem that happens each year but does not necessarily result in flooding.
The impacts of water on land, buildings and roadways can be destructive. Flood protection for homes and private properties is an owner’s responsibility, including sandbagging if necessary.
Where a home is susceptible to flooding, the owner can be proactive and have the necessary equipment ready to protect their homes.
Residents can also take steps to reduce potential of flooding by
- Clearing snow and pooling water away from the foundation
- Making sure soil, walkways and patios slope away from the home
Before the annual freshet season, Emergency Management BC may provide sandbags for the Vernon Emergency Program to make available to residents. If this happens, unfilled sandbags and sand will be positioned in areas where residents experiencing or at imminent risk of experiencing flooding can access them.
Information about where to access sandbags and sand will be published here when available >>>>
To learn more about preparing for flooding visit the following sites:
- FloodSmart Canada
- Get Prepared for a Flood in BC
- PreparedBC: Flood Information for Homeowners and Home Buyers
- Flood Ready
- Preparing Your Business for a Flood
Homeowners may be able to moderate their flood risk by purchasing insurance. Contact local insurance representatives or brokers to determine eligibility for overland flood insurance.
Additional information is available at the Fire Rescue Services Station 1 located at 3401 30th Street Vernon BC V1T 5E7