During the spring, runoff from melting snow may raise water levels in streams and lakes. This natural function of the overall ecosystem does not necessarily result in flooding every year. However, when it does flood the impact of water on land, buildings and roadways can be destructive. Flood protection for homes and private property is an owner’s responsibility. This responsibility includes having the necessary equipment ready to protect their homes and sandbagging if necessary.
Before flooding, residents can take steps to reduce potential of flooding including clearing snow and pooling water away from foundations and making sure soil, walkways and patios slope away from the home.
In freshet season, the City of Vernon actively monitors flooding indicators and when potential for flooding is elevated, works with Emergency Management BC to provide sand and sandbags for residents to access.
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
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.