Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 9:30am – The Sooke Potholes have reopened as rainfall is not expected to significantly impact water levels. Latest forecasts are predicting up to 20 millimetres of rain to fall within the Sooke area over the next 48 hours. As with any weather event, activities can change; the District will continue to monitor and provide updates as new information becomes available.
Monday, November 29, 2021, 8:40am – The District is continuing to monitor the forecasted atmospheric river event. With a high streamflow advisory remaining in effect for the Sooke River and in anticipation of substantial rainfall, the Potholes will remain closed to vehicle access until conditions allow for safe reopening.
The District’s sandbag station will remain open, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. until the current weather event passes.
Sunday, November 28, 2021, 8:00am – A high streamflow advisory is in effect for the Sooke River, and as a result vehicle access to the Sooke Potholes will remain closed until conditions allow for a safe reopening.
Public is reminded to use caution around rivers and waterways, stay clear of potentially unstable riverbanks, and respect park and trail closures that are issued for public safety.
Sandbag Station Open
This District of Sooke’s Sandbag Station will be open today from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The sandbag station is located at the Parks Works Yard at 2070 Kaltasin Road. Bags and sand are available for residents to fill their own sandbags. Residents are reminded to please bring their own shovel.
How you can help during increased rainfall weather events:
- Clear catch basins in front of your home
- Check culverts in front of your home and clear them, if needed
- Check on your neighbours
- Minimize driving, if possible, to lessen the possibility of emergency resources being diverted
- If reporting rising waters in culverts and/or concerns of flooding in Sooke, take a video and email it to the District at engineering[at]sooke.ca
Resources available to help you prepare:
- Build an emergency kit and grab-and-go bag
- Flood Preparedness Guide
- Power outages
- District of Sooke Emergency Planning Information Page
Local emergency information sources:
- District of Sooke Twitter Channel: twitter.com/SookeCa
- The Sooke Fire Rescue Dept. Facebook Page: facebook.com/SookeFireRescue/
- The Sooke ESS Facebook Page: facebook.com/SookeEmergencySupportServices/
- District of Sooke website: sooke.ca
- Emergency Info BC: emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/