In the event of flooding, updates will be provided through the local news outlets and on the District's webpage.
District of Coldstream residents living near creeks, streams, lakes, and low-lying areas should undertake measures to protect their property and reduce the risk of flooding, based on updated reports from the BC River Forecast Centre and Environment Canada.
The extremely warm temperatures coupled with the rainfall 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 if ditches and culverts are on private property. Please be aware that the public cannot work in or change provincial bodies of water, rivers, creeks, or streams without provincial approval. If lake levels are high and near someone's property, residents should contact the Province at:
District crews have been monitoring and protecting district infrastructure including lift stations, culverts, and bridges. Blocked culverts and water debris that cause an emergent threat of flooding should be reported to the public works department. Residents can report blocked culverts by calling Municipal Hall during business hours as well as after hours.
Please leave any debris along lakeshores in place until the risk of flood has passed. The debris acts like a cushion to waves in the event of onshore wind, reducing sand erosion.
The District also reminds residents to exercise caution, particularly with children and pets, when in the vicinity of fast-moving creeks, streams, and water. Quickly flowing water and the adjacent riverbanks are potentially unsafe. Don't approach washouts near rivers, creeks, and culverts.