VICTORIA - British Columbians should consider flood and emergency conditions while planning summer holidays, outdoor activities and Canada Day celebrations.
Creeks, rivers and lakes in many parts of B.C. are experiencing higher than normal water levels due to increased rain and snowpack melting, with communities around the province experiencing flood risks or flooding. People planning on celebrating Canada Day near a creek, river or lake should pay attention to flood bulletins and weather forecasts and choose an area that is safe.
If unsure of the conditions of the creek, river or lake near them, people should:
- Stay out of the water. Consider the risks associated with canoeing, kayaking, rafting and inner-tubing as fast-flowing water could make these activities deadly.
- Stay away from fast-flowing water.
- Children and pets should never be left unattended near creeks, rivers and lakes.
- Stay well clear of flooded areas, flood waters can erode the banks along waterways making them unstable and unsafe.
- Stay aware. Weather patterns and water levels can change quickly and cut off access to campsites, trails and roads without much warning.
Listen to a Public Service Announcement by Justice Minister Shirley Bond: http://snd.sc/MG3n8d
To stay up-to-date on the latest safety information, flood alerts, road conditions and public notices, visit: www.EmergencyInfoBC.gov.bc.ca
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Justice