The Village of Lumby has joined with Vernon and Armstrong in issuing a statement urging area residents to prepare for possible flooding, especially those who have historically experienced flooding.
“With the warmer weather, the freshet is underway and peak runoff flows from higher elevation snow melt to the valley bottom are estimated to occur within the next three weeks,” said a statement issued late Friday afternoon. “Due to the increased temperatures and rainfall predicted in the forecast, residents are asked to be aware and, more importantly, to prepare as these factors can increase the risk of flooding.”
Conditions along with creeks and streams are being closely monitored.
Self-serve sandbagging stations are available to help residents with their flood prevention preparations and are set up across from the Lumby Curling Club at 2230 Shields Avenue and at the head of the Salmon Trail on Faulkner Avenue.
The City of Vernon is urging residents living near creeks, streams or in low lying areas to undertake measures to protect their property and reduce the risk of flooding.
Staff say “extremely warm temperatures” over the last few days will increase flows and levels of water bodies throughout the region, making flooding more likely.
Property owners are responsible for having a plan as well as the tools and equipment necessary to protect their properties from possible flood damage.
Stockpiles of sandbags and sand are available at the following locations:
- Vernon City Operations, 1900 48 Avenue outside main gate on Pleasant Valley Road
- Kin Beach Overflow Parking, 7001 Tronson Road.
Blocked culverts and water debris that causes an emergent threat of flooding should be reported to public works department.
Residents can report blocked culverts online at www.vernon.ca/report-issue, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 250-549-6757 (after hours call 250-542-5361).
Residents are also asked to exercise caution, particularly with children, when in the vicinity of fast moving creeks, streams and water.