Preparation can reduce flood risk

You don’t have to be a boy scout to know that being prepared for an emergency is the best way to go through life.

You don’t have to be a boy scout to know that being prepared for an emergency is the best way to go through life.

In modern times we sometimes forget that we can be at the mercy of Mother Nature more than we like to consider. So we drop our guard and forget that emergencies aren’t just things that happen to other people.

A torrential rainstorm over the weekend in Cache Creek brought severe flooding. The Shuswap got rain, but we were spared the severity of the system. But more rain is in the forecast for the Shuswap and that’s why emergency officials are cautioning people that flooding may be on its way.

Personal preparedness is the key, which means it’s up to you to protect yourself.

If you have an area that susceptible to flooding, take steps now. Clear storm drains, watch for ditches clogged with debris or move valuable items away from low-lying areas.

There are also safety measures to be aware of for all residents. Water levels can rise dramatically and pets and small children should be monitored at all times.

While water may look safe, even fun, currents can be unpredictable, and cold water can overwhelm even seasoned swimmers.

Although serious flooding is difficult to predict, it’s certainly possible and the time to prepare is now, not when the water starts heading towards your home, or farm, or animals.

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