Evacuation alert for Hester Creek area

A debris flood dragged debris downstream which breached the banks of parts of Hester Creek

An evacuation alert has been issued for properties south of Oliver along Hester Creek.

At approximately 6 p.m. on Monday, a debris flood in Hester Creek dragged debris downstream which breached the banks of parts of Hester Creek, blocked culverts and diverted the flow of the creek. Due to the continued threat of sudden flooding, some properties at the bottom of Hester Creek have been placed on a precautionary evacuation alert.

Members of the RCMP are visiting homes on affected properties to advise residents. Highway 97, which passes through the evacuation alert area, remains open at this time.

The evacuation alert has been issued for nine properties along Road 11 and Mariposa Road, south of Oliver, which contain the following 12 civic addresses:

316 ROAD 11

336 ROAD 11

337 ROAD 11

352 ROAD 11

370 ROAD 11

386 ROAD 11

443 ROAD 11

466 ROAD 11

468 ROAD 11

470 ROAD 11

472 ROAD 11

4898 MARIPOSA ROAD

Affected residents will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to evacuation; however, residents may receive limited notice due to changing conditions.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO WHEN AN EVACUATION ALERT IS IN EFFECT

Upon notification of an evacuation alert, residents should be prepared for immediate evacuation by:

 Locating all family members or co-workers and proceed to the designated Reception Centre outside the evacuation area, should an evacuation be called while separated;

 Gathering essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (i.e. insurance), immediate care needs for dependents and, if chosen, keepsakes (photographs, etc.). Have these items readily available for quick departure;

 Preparing to move any disabled persons and/or children;

 Moving pets and livestock to a safe area