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Wet weather in forecast raises landslide, flood risk

VICTORIA - Inclement weather is expected in the Central and Southeast regions of British Columbia over the next two days, and more flooding is anticipated with the potential for landslides.

The Province is recommending that homeowners, farmers and business owners take the appropriate steps to protect their properties and assets.

Due to the heavy rainfall and snowmelt, soils at mid and upper elevations are highly saturated which increases the risk of landslides. Residents of potentially affected areas should familiarize themselves with landslide warning signs and safety tips.

All residents of the Central and Southeast regions of the province are reminded to stay as far away from flood waters as possible and exercise extreme caution when driving. Drivers should go to DriveBC.ca for up-to-date information on road conditions and closures.

Livestock owners are strongly encouraged to review their emergency livestock relocation plans and begin preparing for higher waters.

Environment Canada is expecting temperatures to hold steady with increasing cloudiness through the day today. However, severe thunderstorms with strong southerly winds are expected on Thursday throughout the Central and Southeast regions, resulting in up to 25 millimetres of rain. Another 10 millimetres to 15 millimetres of showers are expected Friday with drier conditions and possible snowfall on Saturday.

Landslide Preparedness:

Depending on the severity of a landslide, you and your family should be prepared to be on your own for several days. Be sure to have an emergency plan and kit, including enough food and water to last for at minimum 72 hours.

Key warning signs for a potential landslide may include:

* Abnormally dirty water.

* Accumulation of large logs or debris.

* Sudden changes in stream flow or volume.

* Changes in water from clear to dirty.

* Rapid accumulation of sediment along flat creek sections.

* Falling rocks, boulders or sliding soil may indicate a larger landslide.

If you hear a faint rumbling sound that increases in volume or unsual sounds such as trees cracking or boulders knocking together, leave the area immediately. Once you have reached safety, call 1 800 663-3456 to report the situation. If you are caught in a landslide with no option to evacuate, curl in a tight ball and protect your head and neck.

Livestock Relocation:

Livestock owners preparing for higher waters and landslides should consider:

* Having a plan for animals, making sure enough food, water, shelter, and veterinary supplies are available.

* Identifying other sites or famers where livestock can safely be relocated outside of the evacuation area.

* Identifying available transportation avenues and be in possession of appropriate livestock ID for movement.

* Contact the Emergency Operations Centre to request information about relocating livestock if needed.

* Making arrangements for pets and hobby animals in the event they cannot go to the same shelter as their owners.

* Informing the Emergency Operations Centre that relocation is in process.

Learn More:

For information on flood conditions and evacuation orders, visit Emergency Info BC: https://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/

For information on flood preparedness including sandbagging: http://ow.ly/OplT30bBYyI

For landslide tips: http://ow.ly/2kN530bAfMr

For protecting your home and property in case of a landslide: http://ow.ly/Rb1130bAfL1

Landslide factsheet: http://ow.ly/Fiwx30bAfWt

For information on local road closures: https://www.tranbc.ca/southern-interior-flood-recovery-travel-advisories/

For local driving conditions: http://www.drivebc.ca/

Emergency preparedness tips for agriculture: http://ow.ly/2R0D30bC1s2

Disaster Financial Assistance: http://ow.ly/p20f30bC1xw

 

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