Sandbag inventory helps planning for clean up

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 2:50pm

Since flooding began in early May, 2 million sandbags have been installed as part of the flood protection measures across the Central Okanagan by residents and emergency crews. Today, the Emergency Operation Centre in cooperation with Emergency Management BC launched a digital tool that uses crowd sourcing to help inventory the number, location and type the sandbags on private and public property.

To add sandbags to the inventory, visit the Emergency Management BC application:

  • Make sure you allow the app to access your current location.
  • Click Start
  • Fill in prompt boxes with information including the number, type of sandbags, name, phone number, photos (if desired) and comments.
  • Complete all questions and click Submit

Personal information added into the app such as the name, phone number and comments will not show publically on the map.

This data will be used for planning and assessment of the demobilization of flood protection measures. As plans are developed information on the removal of sandbags from public and private property including debris management will be posted at cordemergency.ca.

Flood protection measures for foreshore properties across the Central Okanagan are expected to remain in place for some time. The coordinated approach for the collection and disposal of sandbags will ensure the safest and most efficient way, minimizing ecological impact to property, creeks, streams, area lakes, wildlife habitat and ensuring the health of citizens.

We appreciate the patience of residents while recovery efforts are coordinated. In the meantime, residents wanting to drop of their own sandbags at their cost can do so at the following designated depots:

Kelowna

  • Cook Road Boat Launch outside the Hotel Eldorado - Mission
  • Burtch Road – Apple Bowl Parking Lot

District of Lake Country

  • Woodsdale Road - Beasley Park Parking Lot

Residents looking to bolster flood protection measures can visit cordemergency.ca/map to find locations of pre-filled sandbags, sandbags and sand.

For more information, visit cordemergency.ca, sign up for e-updates or call the information line at 250-469-8490.

For municipal information on boat launches, park and beaches, and water quality advisories, visit their websites: