Self-serve sand and sandbags are free and available in the following locations:
- Vernon - City Operations Building (1900 - 48 Ave, Vernon)
- Enderby - Public Works Department (2308 McGowan Street, Enderby)
- Mara Lake - Crystal Sands Resort (8192 Hwy 97, Mara)
- Grindrod - Near the pump station in Grindrod Park (6917 Vernon-Sicamous Hwy, Grindrod)
- Lumby - Parking lot between curling rink and arena (2270 Shields Ave, Lumby)
- Kingfisher - Near the boat ramp (56 Rivermouth Rd)
Please bring your own shovel. And, watch this video to learn how to Build a Sandbag Dyke.
Flooding is a common, naturally occurring event in British Columbia. Although there have only been minor instances of localized flooding reported so far this spring, cooler than normal temperatures in April and May have caused the snowpack to remain longer than normal. An increase in temperatures or heavy rains could cause the snowmelt to come down quite quickly, so the Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) is encouraging residents to consider their risk of flooding and take appropriate precautionary measures to protect their property.
Property owners are responsible for any measures required for flood protection on private property. People that believe flooding could occur at their property should consider flood protection and mitigation tactics such as sandbags and dyke/berms around the property to reduce risks. Visit Be Prepared for Floods and How to Build a Sandbag Dyke for information.
The RDNO advises any person working near creeks, streams and rivers to use extreme caution and safety measures. Fast-moving water may cause erosion and bank instability. See Landslide Information for Homeowners and Home Buyers for more details.
Those interested in receiving Emergency Management information can also subscribe to our newsletter at www.rdno.ca/subscribe.
Floods are the most frequent natural disaster in Canada - Do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters. just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and two feet can float a vehicle.
Post Wildfire Flood Preparedness
Damage to vegetation as a result of wildfire can result in increased streamflow and flooding within watersheds during freshet, or after an intense or prolonged rainstorm for up to five years after an event. Therefore, property owners that were affected by the 2021 wildfires should assess their risks and prepare for potentially high runoff in the coming weeks. Inspections should also be completed by property owners on culverts and ditches within the property boundary to ensure clear passage for increased flows. Additionally, the RDNO encourages people to move items that are near shorelines or riverbanks to higher ground for up to three years in preparation of potential high water flows.
Residents that have or had natural rivers or flat water crossings on their property should inquire with the Ministry of Forests or the Department of Fisheries and Oceans before doing work or altering any riparian or wet areas.
Last updated June 14, 2022
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