The May long weekend is a great time to travel and visit friends and family…
However, with flooding in some areas the Province of B.C. is asking residents and visitors to plan their destinations and travel routes carefully. Many areas – including regions experiencing flooding – are still open and ready to receive visitors. But travellers need to check their plans, travel routes, and know before they go.
The 2018 spring flooding season has progressed aggressively, due to melting snow pack compounded by heavy rainfall and warm weather. These conditions have triggered flood warnings and evacuations, with an estimated 4,500 people already forced from their homes. Forecasts are calling for emerging flood risk for communities along the lower Fraser River, spanning from Hope to Vancouver. At the same time, the fire danger rating in other areas of the province is starting to increase.
For updated information on flood-affected areas and tips to help plan your weekend, please visit: http://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca
Staying safe around flood waters
- Assume that all surface water (lakes, rivers, ditches, etc.) is naturally contaminated during a flood. Check with the local health authority or First Nations Health Authority for current drinking water advisories.
- Never drive or walk through flooded streets. Water can be deeper than it appears, and levels can rise very quickly.
- Keep clear of eroded banks, as they may result in unstable ground and keep children and pets away from stream banks.
- Stay alert for changing conditions, particularly if you are in low-lying areas or near waterways.
- Listen to local officials and follow their instructions if asked to evacuate.
Highway and road closures
Plan your travel routes ahead of time – some provincial routes may be affected by floods, while others may be busier than usual due to higher volume of long-weekend travellers, or if being used for evacuation.
- People who must travel should make sure that someone knows their plans, including routes and timing in case they experience difficulties while in transit.
- Pack extra food and bottled water for yourselves, as well as your pets, allow for plenty of extra time and drive safely.
- Slow down and obey traffic control.
For the most up-to-date traffic information check: http://www.drivebc.ca
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