Anticipated Atmospheric River Event Anticipate Saturday Evening Into Next Week

Friday, January 26, 2024 — An atmospheric river event is set to arrive in Sooke on Saturday evening, extending into early next week. The forecast is projecting heavy rainfall, between 150-300 mm, and strong winds – in particular on Sunday evening reaching 70-90 km/hr.

A sandbag station is available at the Ed Macgregor Parking lot, located at 6751 Sooke Rd. The station is equipped to provide residents with the necessary resources to safeguard their properties against potential flooding. Sand and bags are provided and no charge by the District of Sooke and Emergency Management and Climate Readiness BC. Residents are reminded to bring their own shovels.

Residents are strongly urged to exercise caution and stay clear of water edges during this period. Fast-flowing water poses a significant risk, and individuals are encouraged to prioritize their safety.

In response to the unpredictable nature of weather events, the gate to the Sooke Potholes may be closed without notice in the event of sudden and changing weather conditions. The District is closely monitoring the situation and will take necessary actions to ensure public safety.

To mitigate potential flooding risks, residents are requested to contribute to community resilience by clearing catch basins of fallen leaves and debris. This collective effort will play a crucial role in minimizing the impact of the atmospheric river event.

“We understand the importance of community collaboration during such weather events. We encourage all residents to stay informed, exercise caution, and actively participate in flood preparedness measures,” said District of Sooke Emergency Program Manager Jason Humphries.

In the event of downed powerlines, remember to stay back 10 metres and call 9-1-1.

To report downed trees on public property, please notify Sooke Parks at or call 250.642.1634.

For more information on flood preparedness, please visit:

Media contact:
Christina Moog, Communications Coordinator
Tel: 250.642.1634