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2017 Flood Situation - Latest Information

Village of Lumby - Flood Response Update

Media Release (by date-time)

May 05, 2017 Town Hall Meeting Minutes

Sandbag Removal - handling instructions

June 22, 2017 Lumby Transitions to Recovery Phase

June 6, 2017 Evacuation Alerts Rescinded

June 02 2017 Flood Response Update

June 02 2017 Evacuation Alert

May 26 2017 Evacuation Update

May 25 2017 Situation Report

May 23 2017 17:15

May 19 2017 14:45

May 18 2017 14:15

May 16 2017 13:30

May 08 2017 12:25

May 07 2017 09:30

The State of Local Emergency for the Village of Lumby has been extended until May 27, 2017, the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) will remain open until further notice.  

Water Quality: 

Lumby gets their potable water from a deep confined aquifer – water quality remains good.  There are NO boil water advisories in effect for the Village of Lumby. Water quality testing is regular and ongoing.

Safety Reminders:

  • Water levels remain high, and the current is fast moving – please use extreme caution around all moving waters!
  • All recreational trails (i.e. Salmon Trail) will remain closed until further notice.
  • Sandbags are available to local residents at the Faulkner Avenue Salmon Trail Head. 


While creek levels have receded over the past few days, the EOC is preparing for higher flows over the next 2 - 3 weeks due to spring melt and possible unforeseen events.  Residents are advised to leave their sandbags in place until mid-June and practice extreme caution around fast flowing water.

Once Evacuation Orders are lifted, this does NOT mean residents can move back home. All water-affected properties WILL be contaminated from upstream septic, agricultural and other sources, and MUST be cleaned, decontaminated and inspected (along with utility reconnection) before reoccupation.

Residents of the Village of Lumby and Regional District of North Okanagan with property damage or other flooding impacts are eligible for compensation under BC’s Disaster Funding Assistance Program (DFAP). This supplements insurance or other programs to help replace or restore essential items, and to restore damaged or destroyed property to pre-disaster condition.

General Information on cleaning up after the flood:  Cleaning up after the flood  /  Disaster Financial Assistance  

For more information on Disaster Financial Assistance call 1-888-257-4777, or email [email protected].

The primary disaster recovery resource in BC is the Red Cross, who offer a wide range of community and information disaster support resources. Representatives will be contacting evacuees, and are based in the Emergency Support Services room at the Community Centre. You can also call the Red Cross directly at 1-888-800-6493.

Useful Links

For information on flood conditions and evacuation orders, visit  Emergency Info BC

BC Flood Preparedness Including Sandbagging  /  Emergency Preparedness - Agriculture 

Emergency Preparedness - Landslides / Landslide Factsheet  /  Landslide Info for Home Owners/Buyers

Flooding and Food Safety

Southern Interior Flood Recovery - Travel Advisories  /  Local Driving Conditions


Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Evacuation Alert?

Under provincial authority, a municipality may declare an Evacuation Alert when an Evacuation Order is possible within 24 hours. If this happens you should pack a “grab and go kit”, leave it by your door, and be ready to leave your residence on short notice.

What is an Evacuation Order?

This means your property faces immediate and serious danger, and you must leave immediately. You will be given only enough time to shut off your main water, gas and electrical connections; lock your doors and windows; and collect your grab and go kit, pets, medications and important documents (passports, insurance, wills) before leaving.

I’m not affected, but how can I help?

Thanks for your community spirit! There is a volunteer registration desk next to the Emergency Support Services at the Community Centre.

Where can I get sandbags?

Sandbags are available to local residents at the Faulkner Avenue Salmon Trail Head.   

Where can I get help with social or emotional supports?

Whitevalley Community Resource Centre counselors are available seven days a week. Please call 250-547-8866 during the week, or visit Emergency Support Services at the Community Centre.

What is the Village of Lumby doing to prevent future flooding?

Our immediate focus is to ensure public safety and protect property and critical infrastructure. Once the State of Emergency is over, and recovery efforts have begun, your local and regional government will study the recent flooding events to ensure that rebuilding and rehabilitation efforts minimize the impact of future flooding events.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 4:45pm

1775 Glencaird Street
PO Box 430
Lumby, BC V0E 2G0


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