How Residents can get Prepared News Release #41

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 2:40pm

Residents in the Central Okanagan can get prepared for possible emergency evacuation by creating a 72 Hour Emergency Grab and Go Kit. Residents are also being asked to limit the amount of water drained into sewer systems.

Your Grab and Go Kit should include:

  • Food (ready to eat) and water
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • AM/FM radio
  • Medications
  • Seasonal clothing
  • Blanket
  • Cell phone charger
  • Pen and notepad
  • Personal toiletries
  • Small First-Aid kit
  • Extra pair of glasses or contacts
  • Cash in small bills
  • Local map with your family meeting place identified
  • Whistle

Residents with pets should also consider including supplies for their pets.

All Central Okanagan residents are being asked to limit the amount of water going down drains to limit the strain on wastewater systems.

Residents can prepare for possible flooding of their properties by sandbagging areas of concern. Residents preparing for possible flooding in the Central Okanagan can find sand and sandbags at the following locations:


Empty Sandbags

  • City of Kelowna Fire Station #1 at 2255 Enterprise Way

Pre-filled Sandbags, Sand and Sand Bags

End of Bluebird Road at Mission Creek

  • Truswell Road at vacant lot
  • Radant Road
  • Cook Road Boat Launch outside the Hotel Eldorado - Mission
  • Rowcliffe Avenue at Richter Street – Downtown/Sutherland
  • Burtch Road – Apple Bowl Parking Lot
  • North end of Radant Road
  • Middle of Radant Road

Sand & Sandbags:

  • Burne Avenue, west of Ethel Street at Mill Creek
  • 221 Adams Road – North Reeds Corner area (Industrial Park)
  • 1870 Maple Street – Downtown area
  • 1118 Brookside Road – Capri area

Sand only:

  • 415 Commonwealth Road (Hollywood Park Resort)
  • Lindahl Street
  • 386 Totem Road

West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation residents:

Sand & Sandbags

  • 1341 Green Bay Road
  • 2606 Casa Loma
  • Pritchard Park at 1587 Pritchard Drive
  • 4081 Hitchner Road
  • Pebbles Beach Park at 2589 Whitworth Road
  • Cougar Road and Elk Road (across from WFN Works Yard)
  • 515 Hwy 97 South – across from Sneena Road) WFN Government Office

Lake Country:

Sand & Sandbags

  • Swalwell Park at 9950 Bottom Wood Lake Road
  • End of Deldor Road
  • 2450 Woodsdale Road - Beasley Park
  • Oyama Firehall

Empty Sandbags

  • Okanagan Centre Fire Hall (10591 Okanagan Centre Rd. East)



  • Peachland Fire Department at 4401 3rd Street


  • At the end of Chidley Road

RDCO Electoral area residents:

Sand & Sandbags

  • Ellison Fire Department – 4411 Old Vernon Road
  • Joe Rich Fire Rescue
    • Main Hall – 11841 Highway 33
    • Goudie Hall – 6550 Goudie Road
  • North Westside Fire Rescue – Short’s Creek Firehall, Westside Road (call 250-545-1195 to arrange pick up. (Fintry, Valley of the Sun, Killiney, West Shore)
  • Wilson’s Landing Fire Department – 2396 Westside Road North (Trader’s Cove)

Pease check for updates on sand locations throughout the day.

Sand is being constantly replenished. Check for updated information. Residents who notice sand running out at a location can contact the Information Office at 250-469-8490 or 1-877-569-8490 (toll-free).

Before doing any excavating, trenching or clearing on your property to protect it from a flood or clean up after, always call BC One Call at 1-800-474-6886 (or go to to get natural gas line location details. When you call, indicate it’s an emergency situation and you will be provided with further instruction.

Emergency Support Services has been receiving many enquiries from generous residents offering accommodation for those displaced by flooding. Unfortunately, it’s not able to handle these offers. A notice board is available on the wall outside the entrance door to the reception centre for anyone who would like to display their lodging information including first name, phone number, details of accommodation available and if pets are welcome. The Reception Centre is located in the Salvation Army Church at 1480 Sutherland Avenue (corner of Burtch Road and Sutherland Avenue) and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. until further notice.

For up to date information on the situation including a map and to sign up for e-updates, visit Information will also be provided via the and or by phone at 250-469-8490 or 1-877-569-8490 (toll-free).