Flood Safety Checklist

Stay on High Ground

We are Surrounded by Rivers and Mountains that Can Cause Flooding

Maple Ridge is no stranger to rain, but, sudden and heavy rainfalls can pose a serious risk. Localized flooding can occur when water is unable to drain away, river levels may rise quickly and become dangerously fast, roads may become impassible, and combined with warm temperatures, melting snow pack can develop into landslides and debris flows on mountain sides and steep gullies. Review our Flood Safety Checklist.

  • Review Before an Emergency for general information on how to prepare.
  • Build or restock your Emergency Preparedness Kit.
  • Check local forecasts and consider the conditions, especially if you are planning to enjoy the trails and river systems.
  • Prepare your family plan and your property.
  • Check with an insurance agent on flood insurance for your home and business, and take a personal
    inventory of belongings.
  • Ensure roof gutters are clear and storm drains are free of debris such as leaves.
  • If you face a threatening flood situation, park vehicles away from streams and waterways, move electrical
    appliances to upper floors and make sure to anchor fuel supplies. Listen to local officials if you are asked
    to evacuate.
DURING flooding
  • If your home is near water, note if the water level begins to rise quickly.
  • Avoid getting close to fast moving water as banks may erode without warning.
  • Keep a close eye on children and pets as they may not understand the dangers.
  • Plan alternate routes before driving in the event that low lying roads become flooded. Slow down and
    provide yourself with extra time.
  • Never drive through moving water, even if you are familiar with the road. A vehicle can be swept away in
    as little as 12 inches of water.
  • Monitor the local media and have flashlights on hand in case the power goes out.
AFTER Flooding
  • Check your property for damage and clear away debris from rain gutters and storm drains.
  • Even though the rain has stopped, waterways may still pose a risk. Be cautious until you are certain of the conditions.
  • If you have suffered from flood damage, contact your insurance company.
  • Download our General Flood Cleanup.
Heavy snow melt may contribute to landslides and dangerous debris in creeks and waterways. Be safe and don’t go down to watch the rushing water. If you notice trees beginning to lean and bend near your home, or cracks developing in the hillside, consult an engineer or contact local authorities.

If you live near a waterway, a change in water colour or rapid change in water level (especially a drop) could indicate a problem upstream. Call your local fire, police or public works department immediately if you suspect something out of the ordinary.

It takes two people about one hour to fill and place 100 sandbags, giving you a one-foot-by-20-foot wall. Make sure you have enough sand, burlap, plastic bags, shovels and time to prepare properly. Watch this Sandbagging Tips video for helpful instructions. Download our How-To Sandbag.

The BC River Forecast Centre is responsible for issuing flood watches and warnings for rivers around the province. A watch means flooding is possible, a warning means flooding will occur.

Stay informed with updates on current conditions in our community. Our Facebook and Twitter social media channels allow people to receive updates on their computers, tablets or smart phones.

Information on weather, gauges, hydro, natural gas and statistics on past floods can be found on:  DO YOU LIVE IN THE FLOODPLAIN?
A floodplain is land adjacent to a watercourse that is susceptible to flooding. A floodplain map delineates the area that can be expected to flood, on average, once every 200 years. This is called the 200-year flood. A 200-year flood can occur at any time in any given year; the indicated flood level may be exceeded; and portions of the floodplain can flood more frequently. Check either our North and South Alouette River Floodplain Map or our Fraser River Floodplain Map to find out whether you live in the floodplain.
To report any concerns regarding the Alouette River, please fill out the Alouette River Inspection Request Form
and return to the Operations Centre by email, mail or fax.