Get your sandbags now - more rain on the way

Get your sandbags now – more rain on the way

Emergency readiness workers at the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen are warning residents that while the last few days have been warm and dry, thunderstorms and rainfall are expected here Thursday.

  • May. 11, 2017 8:00 a.m.

Emergency readiness workers at the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen are warning residents that while the last few days have been warm and dry, thunderstorms and rainfall are expected here Thursday.

In a release sent out Monday, Zoe Kirk, communications officer, said her department has fielded many requests for sandbags and information about the sandbagging process.

If you require sandbags call the RDOS at 1-877-610-3737.

Kirk said it is important for residents to know that any sandbags placed now should be left for another few weeks.

“Those that have culverts on their driveways or on their property should check to insure they are clear of sediment and debris,” she said.

“On local roads or highways, please report the location to the RDOS of any clogged roadway culverts or debris build up on streams and creeks that may cause blockages and subsequent flooding.

“During times of high stream or river flows, 6” of fast running water can topple an adult. Be cautious around the banks of any watercourse, as they can be undermined and collapse.”

Visit the website www.rdos.bc.ca for the most up to date information releases, which list where sand and sandbags can be obtained.

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