Interior BC has been experiencing severe flooding, with more showers expected over the weekend followed by unseasonably warm temperatures that will increase snow melt. There is also a threat of flooding in the Fraser Salish area.
The FNHA offers the following advice from the FNHA Environmental Public Health Services team, as well as public information from Interior Health and Fraser Health and the BC Ministry of Health for First Nations communities to stay safe and be prepared.
Use extreme caution when working around creeks and rivers. Flowing water can present a drowning hazard in some situations.
Protect your water supply and the water supplies of downstream users by moving all pesticides, chemicals (including disinfectants for water treatment) and other contaminants to so they don't get flushed away or dissolve in flood waters.
Protect private surface water intakes by placing sandbags around them. This may reduce damage during a flood when debris in streams may be greater than normal.
If you have a domestic well, ensure that your wellhead is protected with a surface seal and a cap. A registered well-driller is required to do this work.
Be ready to turn off the electricity to your well pump just prior to the flood. Since water supplies can be impacted by flooding, ensure that you have at least a 72 hour supply of water on hand.
You can either store bottled water which can be purchased from the store in advance or fill clean plastic jugs or other containers.
If exposed to flood waters, destroy:
Commercially-canned foods in good condition may be salvaged by:
Discard food that: