South Okanagan-Similkameen Provides Live Flood Update – Penticton News

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UPDATE: 1:15 p.m.

Residents of RDOS returning home this weekend after lengthy flood evacuations must be mentally and physically prepared that the transition will not be easy.

At a press conference on Friday, representatives from Interior Health and Health Emergency Management BC’s psychosocial program urged flood victims to seek help if and when they need it.

“When you get ready and plan to go home, it’s really important that you come back with a fully charged cell phone, camera, pen and paper, and then you can start the documentation process for the insurance,” recommended Amanda Anderson with IH.

“Bring plenty of clean water not only for drinking, but also clean water and cleaning supplies, so that you can start the hard work of cleaning.”

She recommends the Inner health and BC emergency management websites for links to support services and information on how to safely restore sewage, water and electricity systems, as well as the disposal of damaged property that may no longer be be safe at home.

“I would really like to point out to everyone that you need to take a lot of breaks and ask for help if it’s really overwhelming. There are catering companies as well. And really take care of your sanity. So look for some. resources, ”Anderson said.

Margaretha Lundh of the Provincial Psychosocial Program echoed this sentiment.

“Anyone who is going through a difficult time can call the mental health hotline, which actually runs the crisis lines in British Columbia,” Lundh said.

This number is 310-6789 and does not require an area code.

“And please don’t think it’s 911, that you have to be in an extreme emergency. You may just be going through a very, very difficult time. A lot of people don’t want to overload their coworkers. or their spouses or their families and these people are there to help you. They are also very helpful in connecting you with local resources if you need them and getting additional support. “

Resources are also available online here.

RDOS also continues to provide resources to help communities affected by flooding get back on their feet. The Tulameen Resilience Center will be open on Sunday, December 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with information on long-term and immediate recovery needs.

The Emergency Operations Center is still active at 250-490-4225 or online here.


ORIGINAL: 12h

The Okanagan Similkameen Regional District will provide a live update on the flooding at noon Friday.

They will be joined by representatives from Interior Health, the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure and Health Emergency Management British Columbia.

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