May 2017 flooding

  • Posted on: 8 May 2017
  • By: Michael Brydon

The main RDOS site has a page for its Emergency Operations Centre:

You can check this for the most recent updates about flooding in the the RDOS.  It also has contact information for getting sandbags.

The RDOS emergency management page has some advice on dealing with flooding (about half-way down the page):



From Zoe Kirk at the RDOS:

Please find the latest Press release update for the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen; 4 pm May 10th


Please feel free to post or utilize any of the following:

Sandbagging to prevent flooding is quite easy, but there are specific ways to build up sandbags for maximum protection and stability.

A Sandbagging Fact Sheet from Emergency Preparedness BC is attached.

The Provincial Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery page has good information for preparedness planning and response.


For those that like to see things visually, the following Youtube links are provided


Note: during times of high stream or river flows, it only take about 6” of fast running water to topple an adult. Be cautious around the banks of any watercourse, and pooled water depths can be very misleading.

The surface area of Okanagan Lake is 351 km2 whereas the surface area of Osoyoos Lake is 23 km2.  Thus, removing six inches of depth from Okanagan Lake adds just over 7.5 feet to the depth of Osoyoos Lake....