It’s that time of the year — we need to get all our flood preparation ducks in a row!
RVCA uses stream gauges, weather stations, surveys of snow conditions, meteorological forecasts and computer models to determine the possibility of flooding. With spring melt or severe precipitation, the RVCA estimates the severity, location, and timing of possible
flooding and warns accordingly based on the four stages of the Flood Warning Index. RVCA maintains a flood forecasting and warning system that aims to reduce danger to people and property by providing local agencies and the public with advance notice and information.
As a property owner, you need to assess your emergency plan for minimizing flood-related property damages. If you don’t have a plan, now’s the time to make one. There are lots of excellent online resources on how to prepare your family’s emergency plan. Should flooding occur, the first response is up to you, the homeowner! If the flood is beyond your capability, the Municipal Emergency Response Plan kicks in. Your municipality is responsible for emergency response services during severe floods. It may be a good time to check out your municipality’s website and familiarize yourself with their emergency preparedness plan. Property owners, especially ones in vulnerable areas, need to have emergency phone numbers handy.
To get up-to-date information on local watershed conditions, you can sign up for RVCA’s flood forecasting and warning emails — join our mailing list at www.rvca.ca — look for “Get RVCA News.” For more information call BRIAN at ext. 1141 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flood Warning Index
1. Normal — No flood conditions exist.
2. Awareness — Be informed and aware. • Water Safety Statements — High flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors that could be dangerous for recreational users such as anglers, canoeists, hikers, children, pets, etc. Flooding is not expected. • Flood Outlook Statements — Early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high wind or other conditions that could lead to high runoff, cause ice jams, lake shore flooding or erosion.
3. Flood Watch — Be prepared to activate your flood response plans, if it becomes necessary. Flooding is possible in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.
4. Flood Warning — Activate your flood response procedures now! Flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities.
Interested in accessing real-time information on stream flows, water levels and snow measurements? Our interactive monitoring tool (maps and graphs) can be seen online at www.rvca.ca/water-levels.
You can also use our online mapping tool to search for your property and see if it is located in a floodplain at www.rvca.ca/map-a-property.
RVCA’s Flood Forecasting and Warning and Low Water Response System operates
12 months a year and provides member municipalities and local residents advance notice and information about potential flooding and drought conditions.