Flooding often poses a threat to the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District due to the proximity of our communities to mountains and bodies of water. Flooding can occur as a result of rain or melting snow, and often a combination of the two. The annual freshet flooding of the Birkenhead River is a constant hazard in our region that residents in Area C should be aware of. Flood waters can be dangerous because of their speed, which can quickly sweep a person away or cause erosion and damage to property. Flood waters can also carry dangerous pollutants and disease that can pose health risks.
- Learn how to flood proof your home through Emergency Management B.C.
- Develop a household emergency plan and assign specific safety tasks to family members. Practice your household emergency plan every six months.
- Put together an emergency kit to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours, but aim for one week. Keep a kit in your vehicle, and at school or work.
- Plan a family meeting spot and have an contact, such as a family member in another region, to check in with if you become separated.
- Get training in emergency preparedness and first aid.
- Keep your vehicle in working order and always have at least half a tank of gas.
- Pay attention to notices of danger and information updates on radio, TV and the internet.
- Ensure any drainage basins around your house are not blocked.
- Stay away from moving water and get to high ground. Do not try to drive through flood waters.
- If your house is flooded, turn off natural gas if it is safe to do so.