Spring Melt & Overland Flooding

The spring freshet generally happens in two stages in the City of Cranbrook.  The first stage being the local snow melt which saturates the ground water table, which can cause basement flooding.  The second stage occurs from the snow melt in the hills around Cranbrook, creating high water levels in the creeks and flood plains.

Creeks & Watercourses
During spring weather conditions and heavy rainfall events, water levels in local creeks and watercourses can rise and be dangerous. Please contact the City at 311 (after-hours, please call 250-489-4264) to report any of the following:

  • obstructions in creeks or watercourses
  • flooded ditches
  • blocked culverts
  • flooded roadways 

Use of Sandbags
Sandbags are made using a centuries old technique that has changed very little.  Bags are made from different materials including treated burlap and plastic.  Sandbags filled one-half to two-thirds full should generally be left untied. 

Sandbags are usually available to residents at a do-it-yourself fill station next to the City’s Public Works yard on Cobham Avenue.  You are encouraged to bring your own shovels.  Please call 311 if you have questions or for more information.  Click here for more information on sandbags.

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