Floods Can Happen in the Comox Valley
Floods are common in our region and all across the province, and can happen at any time of year. They can be caused by a number of factors including, heavy rain, snow melt, storm surges, or damage to structures like dikes and dams.
Floods can cause damage to infrastructure, buildings, cause power outages, disrupt transportation and create landslides. Fast moving waters can also be a hazard.
PreparedBC Flood Preparedness Guide
Before a Flood
There are a number of activities you can do proactively to prepare for a flood.
- Store valuables and important items or documents in water-tight containers or in higher places, like on a tall shelf or upper floor
- Clean your gutters regularly
- Keep nearby storm drains clear of debris
- In the winter, clear snow at least three to five feet away from your home's foundation
Learn more about steps you can take before a flood.
During a Flood
During a flood the most important thing you can do is heed all evacuation alerts and orders and follow all instructions from local authorities, including the CVRD, your municipality or band office. Trust in your preparedness work and your emergency plan.
- Flood Advisories & Warnings
- Evacuation Stages
- How to Build a Sandbag Dyke
- Tactics for Coping with Stress
Click here to watch a video that details how to properly prepare and use sandbags as a means of flood protection.
Current Locations of Sandbags in the CVRD
After a Flood
It can be overwhelming returning home after flooding. Use caution and take it one step at a time.
Learn more about recovering after a flood.
A culvert is a structure that allows water t flow under a road, railroad, trail, etc. Help reduce the risk of flooding by ensuring that culverts on your property are are clear from debris.
Water Flows and Reservoirs
Rivers and reservoirs are key to BC Hydro's generation system. Click here to access information on water use planning and the latest available data on reservoir levels and planned discharges of water.