Last updated: June 2, 2023 at 1:30 PM PDT
See EmergencyInfoBC for current flooding information, including a summary of evacuation orders, alerts, and rescinds. Includes links to local government/authority websites for the most up-to-date information about local areas. Information also available in map format at EmergencyMapBC.
- Twitter @EmergencyInfoBC: https://twitter.com/EmergencyInfoBC
- 24 Hours Emergency Reporting 1-800-663-3456
For the most up-to-date information, visit your Local Authority or First Nation website.
When required, an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) will be opened by the Regional District or Indigenous communities to support the emergency or disaster; an EOC is responsible for various duties such as declaring states of local emergency (SOLEs) as well as issuing evacuation orders and alerts.
See EmergencyMapBC for current Evacuation Orders and Alerts.
Kootenay Boundary Regional District updates
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/rdkbdotcom
- Twitter: twitter.com/RDKB_Emergency
Village of Cache Creek updates
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/cachecreekvillage
River Forecast Centre
During periods of high risk of flooding in BC, the River Forecast Centre provides information on current and forecast streamflow conditions, including flood advisories and warnings. Website: http://bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/warnings/index.htm
Information on current road conditions: www.drivebc.ca
Emergency Support Services (ESS) provides short-term recovery support and information to evacuees impacted by disasters. ESS Information Centre toll free line is 1-800-585-9559.
Evacuee Registration and Assistance (ERA) is an online platform to help people who have been displaced register as an evacuee. The site links to a form for people who have been instructed to self-register for ESS. Assistance with self-registration can be obtained by calling ESS Information Centre: 1-800-585-9559.
Canadian Red Cross (CRC) can provide individuals support and information through their Emergency and Disaster Services:1-888-800-6493.
Local governments may have sand and sandbags available to community members; contact your local office for more information or check their website for instruction on where to get them. Call or text 2-1-1 to find your local office information or find it on Civic Info BC.
This is the government website for disaster readiness guides.
Emergency Evacuee Guidance
Canadian Red Cross
Floods: Before, During and After
BC Hydro Power Outages: www.bchydro.com/safety-outages/power-outages.html
Fortis BC Power Outages: www.fortisbc.com/Outages
Employment and Social Development Canada
Provides Employment Insurance (EI) to individuals unable to work due to floods. Apply online at www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei-regular-benefit/apply or call 1-877-631-2657
Floods may affect mail delivery of Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Security (OAS) cheques. Avoid delays by switching to direct deposit. Make a service request at eservices.canada.ca/en/menu or call 1-800-277-9914
Extreme Weather Preparedness for Agriculture program
Provides cost-share funding to eligible BC farm and ranch business that are at risk of flooding to help them increase on-farm flood resiliency. Applications accepted May 23 until June 14, 2023.
Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA)
The provincial government declared floods eligible for Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA). The DFA program may provide applicants with financial assistance to restore uninsurable losses that are essential to home, livelihood or community service.
Residents are encouraged to check the DFA Website directly to learn more about the program and determine eligibility. Check website (https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-management/preparedbc/evacuation-recovery/disaster-financial-assistance) for application forms. There is an application form for individuals, small businesses, farms, and charitable organizations. And an application form for Indigenous communities and local governments. Residents can also call 1-877-257-4777. Deadline for starting a claim is August 14th, 2023.
For those looking to donate food, goods, and services, check with local organizations and local government websites of affected communities.
People interested in making financial donations to help communities and those impacted by the floods may want to consider:
United Way British Columbia (UWBC)- United for BC Flood Response Fund
Canadian Red Cross - donate online or call 1-800-418-1111
Food Banks BC - Emergency BC Flood Relief
BCSPCA - Emergency Flood Relief
Many community organizations are also fundraising for individuals and communities impacted by the flooding.