Flooding and Storm Surges

Winter storms in our region bring high water and waves. When combined with high tides (especially King Tides) these conditions can create storm surges which can cause flooding and coastal erosion. As sea level is expected to rise dramatically over the next century, it is expected that storm surges will be able to flood areas not previously impacted, affecting near-shore development. Some areas in our coastal communities may be susceptible and must prepare for potential flooding and marine impacts.


Before a flood:

  • Know if you live in a flood-risk area
  • Prepare personal emergency supply kits for your home, car and work 
  • Have a grab-and-go kit ready if you have to leave your home quickly
  • Keep important papers in watertight containers and have a record of your valuables in a safe place
  • Teach your children about flood safety
  • Find out what kinds of flooding are covered by your house insurance policy 

Protecting your Home When Flooding is Imminent 

  • Shut off the main power breaker to your house and out buildings 
  • Shut off the supply valve to all gas appliances 
  • Turn off the propane valves and secure propane tanks to prevent them from floating away 
  • Move chemicals (weed killer, insecticides, and corrosives) to a dry area to reduce the probability of contamination, fire, explosion, and personal injury. 
  • Wrap the exterior lower levels of your home with polyethylene sheeting to protect your home's structure. Use sandbags to secure the base of the sheeting 
  • If time allows, move valuables to upper floors. 

Additional Resources 

PreparedBC: Flood Information for Homeowners and Home Buyers Guide to learn more about protecting your home and property.  

Insurance Bureau of Canada: All About Home Insurance to learn more about home insurance in Canada. 

Marine Oil Spill Contact Information

To Report a Spill, please call the Ministry of Environment at the 24 hour toll-free number 1.800.663.3456

When reporting a spill, be prepared to provide your name and contact number, as well as information about the substance spilled, information about the location of the spill, and any actions taken and information about agencies on-site or already notified.