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July 18 UpdateJUL 18, 2019 @ 3:18 PM
Latest CRD numbers show 47 properties impacted by flooding. Residents are encourage to attend public meeting in Big Creek this Saturday, July 20.

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Based on information from initial damage assessments, the Cariboo Regional District estimates about 47 properties were impacted by the flooding in the Big Creek area. Among those properties, the majority of the impacts are to hayfields, irrigation channels, land, driveways, and fencing and damage to residential homes is minimal.

All residents impacted by flooding are encouraged to attend the CRD’s public meeting at the Big Creek Community Hall this Saturday, July 20, from 2-5 p.m. The meeting will provide an opportunity for residents to gather information and ask questions of the agencies attending and provide feedback about the emergency response and what supports they need in recovery.

Representatives from the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Agriculture, Emergency Management BC’s Disaster Financial Assistance Program, Red Cross and the Cariboo Regional District will be attending the meeting.

The CRD’s Emergency Operations Centre will be closing next week; but, the recovery section will remain active. The CRD’s role in recovery is connecting residents with services and programs that are provided by other ministries or agencies. For recovery information, residents can contact the CRD at 1-866-759-4977or visit www.cariboord.ca/recovery

Disaster financial assistance available

The Province has made Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) available related to the recent flooding events, for any areas within the Cariboo Regional District. DFA is available to homeowners, residential tenants, small business owners, farmers, charitable organizations and local governments that were unable to obtain insurance to cover their disaster-related losses.

Applications need to be submitted to Emergency Management BC by Oct. 15, 2019. Find more information and applications at www.gov.bc.ca/disasterfinancialassistance

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Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) is now available for those who may have been impacted by overland flooding from heavy rains that began on July 6, 2019.

DFA is available to homeowners, residential tenants, small business owners, farmers, charitable organizations and local governments that were unable to obtain insurance to cover their disaster-related losses.

Applications for this DFA event in the Cariboo Regional District and the Tsilhqot’in National Government (including all electoral areas, municipalities and First Nations communities within their boundaries) must be submitted to Emergency Management BC (EMBC) by Oct. 15, 2019.

Access the DFA application online and learn more about the program: gov.bc.ca/disasterfinancialassistance

Here is a short summary about DFA.


With flood waters receding in the Chilcotin, the Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) remains focused on damage assessments and shifting towards recovery.

The Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development and road contractors continue with road repairs and are making good progress. Currently, all of our CRD residents now have access in and out of their properties. It is expected that most road remaining road repairs will be completed within the week.  The EOC is continuing to support those residents affected as needed.

Over the last couple days, EOC staff have been flying through the flood-impacted areas in the Chilcotin and visiting properties to conduct initial damage assessments of residential structures. Damage assessments provide the basis for the CRD’s and the provincial government’s recovery planning.  Currently, it appears that damage to residential homes is minimal, however there is significant impacts to outbuildings, hayfields, irrigation channels, land and fencing. At this time, it is still too early to tell the scope or magnitude of the damages as much of the land within the affected properties affected is still too wet or access is limited.  Further assessments will be done as water continues to recede.

Communicating with our residents

The CRD will be hosting a public meeting on Saturday, July 20th at 2pm at the Big Creek Community Hall, as steps are taken towards a plan for recovery.  This meeting will give impacted residents an opportunity to meet with CRD representatives, along with other partner agencies and to receive informational updates and resources.

Our public phone line remains active during regular business hours from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at 1-866-759-4977.

All residents, ranchers, business owners and tourism operators with needs or concerns or impact that have not yet connected with the EOC, are encouraged to call 1-866-759-4977.  Press 1 to be connected with our Water Stewardship Liaison, press 2 to be connected with our Agriculture Liaison and press 3 for all other inquiries.

Reminder: Residents are reminded to report agricultural impacts

Impacted residents need to call the EOC at 1-866-759-4977 (press 2) to talk to the Agriculture Liaison and report their agriculture impacts. Ranchers and producers do not need to have a full assessment of damages; they just need to call to start the process for assessment.

Travel in Flood Impacted Areas

Non-residents should avoid travelling in the flood-impacted areas in the Chilcotin. Please check the Drive BC website and the Forest District webpage (forest service roads) for the latest updates on road access and restrictions.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development also advises not all Forest Service Roads or other Forest Roads managed by Timber Tenure Holders have been assessed following the recent rain event. Other hazards may exist and may not be visible to road users. Attempting to cross damaged roads, bridges or sections affected by mudslides or landslides is not recommended.

Resource road users should plan before travelling the back roads. Please ensure you either have a means of communication like a satellite phone or have shared your route and return time with another person and have a plan for what to do if you are overdue.


General update

With flood waters receding in the Chilcotin, the Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is focusing on damage assessments and recovery. The EOC also continues to support residents without road access.

The Ministry of Transportation and its road contractors continue with road repairs. Currently, less than a dozen residents remain without road access. The EOC is supporting those residents with food and water as needed. If residents have needs and have not connected with the EOC, they should call 1-866-759-4977.

Over the next three days, EOC staff are flying through the flood-impacted areas in the Chilcotin and visiting properties to conduct damage assessments of residential structures. Damage assessments provide the basis for the CRD’s and the provincial government’s recovery planning.

Residents need to report agricultural impacts

Impacted residents need to call the EOC at 1-866-759-4977 (press 2) to talk to the Agriculture Liaison and report their agriculture impacts. This phone call will start the process for receiving assistance from the Ministry of Agriculture. Ranchers and producers do not need to have a full assessment of damages; they just need to call to start the process.

Travel in area discouraged

Non-residents should avoid travelling in the flood-impacted areas in the Chilcotin. Please check the Drive BC website and the Forest District webpage (forest service roads) for the latest updates on road access.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development also advises not all Forest Service Roads or other Forest Roads managed by Timber Tenure Holders have been assessed following the recent rain event. Other hazards may exist and may not be visible to road users. Attempting to cross damaged roads, bridges or sections affected by mudslides or landslides is not recommended.

Resource road users should make a plan before travelling the back roads. Please ensure you either have a means of communication like a satellite phone or have shared your route and return time with another person and have a plan for what to do if you are overdue.


While flooding continues in the Chilcotin, the BC River Forecast Centre reports the waters are receding. The Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) continues to support residents in the area to safely shelter in place.

Flood mapping indicates that about 120 properties along the Chilcotin River and its tributaries may have been impacted by the flooding; however, the situation for every property varies. The EOC is working with its partners today to determine how long residents will be without road access. The EOC will be supporting resident’s with food and water as needed while they are without road access to amenities.

Residents affected by flooding are encouraged to contact the CRD’s Emergency Operations Centre at 1-866-759-4977 (open from 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.):

  • Let us know if you have road access issues and your food and water needs. If you’ve reached out already, we also want to know if your situation changes.
  • Call to speak to our Water Stewardship Liaison regarding repairs in and about streams (press 1).
  • Talk to an Agricultural Liaison to report your agricultural impacts and for related questions (press 2).

Repair work is underway on many of the road closures in the area. Visit the Drive BC website and the Forest District webpage (forest service roads) for the latest updates on road access.

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The Cariboo Regional District activated its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) yesterday, July 8, 2019, to respond to flooding issues in the region. Road conditions are being assessed and affected residents should contact the Emergency Operations Centre.

There are some areas in the Chilcotin, including the Big Creek and Nemiah Valley areas, currently experiencing high stream flows and flooding. The BC River Forecast Centre issued a flood watch at 4:30 p.m. on July 8 for the Chilcotin River below Big Creek and its tributaries. A flood watch means that river levels are rising and will approach or may exceed bankfull. Flooding of areas adjacent to affected rivers may occur.

Some roads in the areas are washed out, including Witte Road (Farwell Canyon Road) and the Gaspard Creek - Mons Creek Forest Service Road (2400 Road). Roads are Conditions for major roads are reported at the Drive BC website and forest service roads are reported at the Forest District webpage.

The CRD is available to provide assistance related to flooding issues:

  • If you are experiencing flooding issues that affect your home or business, please contact the CRD’s public information line at 1-866-759-4977.
  • If your access is cut-off due to flooding, please shelter in place, which means you should stay where you are and stay safe. Contact the CRD if you need assistance.

Call the Cariboo Regional District’s public information line at 1-866-759-4977 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. After hours, please call the CRD’s regular phone number at 1-800-665-1636 and press 5 to reach our after-hours emergency line.

People living near a river or stream can take some precautions to reduce the risk associated with a flood.

  • Prepare personal emergency supply kits for your home, car and work (plan for at least a three-day supply of food and water for each family member)
  • Have a grab-and-go kit ready if you have to leave your home quickly
  • Keep important papers in watertight containers and have a record of your valuables in a safe place
  • If flooding is likely in your area, pay attention to the local media for information
  • Watch for warning signs: increase in height and intensity of water flows, mudslides, debris in creeks, colour changes in water or leaning trees
  • Know that banks of rivers and streams may be unstable and dangerous
  • Keep a safe distance away from fast flowing water, especially children
  • Teach your children about flood safety
  • Consider arrangements for your pets and any livestock

Further information will be issued as it becomes available. Please visit the CRD Emergency Operations Facebook page at facebook.com/CRDEmergencyOperations as well as the CRD website.  For more information contact the CRD’s public information line at 1-866-759-4977 (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily).

Residents are strongly encouraged to register for the Cariboo Chilcotin Emergency Notification System to receive a text, call or email regarding Evacuation Alerts and Orders or other emergency updates: https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085612292#/signup

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