Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is freshet?

    Freshet is snow melt. Each spring, as the winter snow pack melts between April and July it runs off into rivers and streams, raising the water levels and increasing flows. This can become a problem if the snow melts too quickly. Warm temperatures and increased rainfall can cause the snow to melt fast and raise the risk of flooding. 

  2. How do I know if my property is in danger?

    If you live in a low lying area or close to a river or stream, you have likely noticed the effects of freshet from year to year. Property owners in flood-prone and low lying areas are responsible for protecting their own properties from flood damage. Visit PreparedBC for some tips on getting your property flood ready.

  3. What do I do if I need to build a sandbag wall?

    The FVRD will make sandbags available for properties who are threatened by flooding. Here are some tips and information about sandbagging and how to construct a wall.