RDOS declares State of Emergency in Keremeos/Hedley areas

The RDOS Emergency Operations Center has declared a State of Local Emergency for Electoral Area “G”, including rural Keremeos and Hedley, due to the threat of flooding.

Similkameen River levels are expected to increase over the next few days which may threaten life the safety of residents, and cause significant property damage. 

The RDOS Emergency Operations Centre, together with the Town of Princeton, Upper Similkameen Indian Band, Village of Keremeos and Lower Similkameen Indian Band, are warning properties owners along the Similkameen River that due to the expected increased flow over the next few days access to properties (roads and/or highways) may be compromised or become impassable.

BC River Forecast Centre, Environment Canada and the Emergency Management BC are predicting increasing water flows over the next several days with potential of high flows of the Similkameen River and nearby creeks for the next 10 days due to spring snow melt. 

If the situation deteriorates, strategic Evacuation Orders may be implemented. 
Sand and sandbags are available throughout the region.