The province is experiencing increased snow melt and precipitation in the B.C. Central and Southern Interior regions, which has raised the risk of landslides in those areas.

Residents living in areas at high landslide risk should leave the area immediately if you observe the following:

  • A faint rumbling sound that increases in volume
  • Unusual sounds, such as trees cracking or boulders knocking together

When you are safe, report the situation by calling 9-1-1.
If you are caught in a landslide with no option to evacuate, curl in a tight ball and protect your head and neck.

By getting to know drainage patterns, and monitoring creeks near your property, residents can recognize changes that may indicate a potential upstream hazard before a landslide happens. Look for:

  • Sudden changes in stream flow
  • Rapid changes or pulses in flow (e.g. changes in volume) or pulses of sediment (e.g. from clear to murky)
  • Abnormally dirty water
  • Accumulation of large logs or debris
  • Rapid accumulation of sediment or bed-load along a flat section of a creek channel
  • Tension cracks near the top of the slope
  • Falling rocks or boulders or flowing or sliding soil. This may precede a much larger landslide

If a landslide occurs in your area:

  • Stay away from the slide area as there may be danger of additional slides
  • Listen to local radio or television stations for the latest emergency information
  • Watch for flooding, which may occur after a landslide or debris flow

Areas that are generally prone to landslide hazards:

  • On existing old landslides
  • On or at the base of slopes
  • In or at the base of minor drainage hollows
  • At the base or top of an old fill slope
  • At the base or top of a steep cut slope
  • Developed hillsides where leach field septic systems are used