Flood conditions should be part of holiday planning

British Columbians should consider flood and emergency

conditions while planning summer holidays and outdoor activities.

  • Jun. 30, 2012 3:00 p.m.

VICTORIA

Provincial Government release

 

Creeks, rivers and lakes in many parts of B.C. are experiencing higher

than normal water levels due to increased rain and snowpack melting,

with communities around the province experiencing flood risks or

flooding. People planning on celebrating Canada Day near a creek, river

or lake should pay attention to flood bulletins and weather forecasts

and choose an area that is safe.

 

If unsure of the conditions of the creek, river or lake near them,

people should:

 

* Stay out of the water. Consider the risks associated with canoeing,

kayaking, rafting and inner-tubing as fast-flowing water could make

these activities deadly.

* Stay away from fast-flowing water.

* Children and pets should never be left unattended near creeks, rivers

and lakes.

* Stay well clear of flooded areas, flood waters can erode the banks

along waterways making them unstable and unsafe.

* Stay aware. Weather patterns and water levels can change quickly and

cut off access to campsites, trails and roads without much warning.