BC River Forecast Centre- High Streamflow Advisory

High Streamflow Advisory – Vancouver Island, South Coast
ISSUED: 11:00 AM January 11, 2021

The River Forecast Centre is issuing a High Streamflow Advisory for:
West Vancouver Island, Central Vancouver Island, East Vancouver Island and South Vancouver Island
• South Coast including tributaries around the Sunshine Coast, Howe Sound, Squamish, Pemberton, North Shore Mountains, Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley and surrounding areas

A series of storms is passing over British Columbia. Following a lull through today the next storm is expected to begin to impact coastal areas later Monday and overnight into Tuesday. This is forecast to bring moderate to heavy rainfall amounts across Vancouver Island and the South Coast. Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued rainfall warnings for areas, with rainfall amounts in the 50-60 mm range anticipated in the Howe Sound and Metro Vancouver areas, and potentially higher over higher terrain and in exposed coastal areas on Vancouver Island. Along with moderate to heavy rain, temperatures are expected to rise, with freezing levels forecast to reach above 2000m. This may contribute additional runoff from rain-on-snow and snowmelt.

River levels are expected to rise in response to this storm, with high flows expected overnight on Monday and through Tuesday. Prolonged wet weather over the past 1-2 weeks has led to ground saturation in some areas, and this may contribute to increased flows in response to this rainfall.

The public is advised to stay clear of the fast-flowing rivers and potentially unstable riverbanks during the high-streamflow period.

The River Forecast Centre continues to monitor the conditions and will provide updates as conditions warrant.

BC River Forecast Centre
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

A High Streamflow Advisory means that river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected. Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible.
A Flood Watch means that river levels are rising and will approach or may exceed bankfull. Flooding of areas adjacent to affected rivers may occur.
A Flood Warning means that river levels have exceeded bankfull or will exceed bankfull imminently, and that flooding of areas adjacent to the rivers affected will result.

Online After School Program

Recreation will be offering an online After School Program (ASP), starting January 18, 2021. This program will run from Monday – Thursday, with two age groups (5-7 year olds and 8-12 year olds) of 20 children per group.

The program will be offered online and registration is required to participate.

After School Program Guide

After School Program Registration Form

If you have any questions, contact Shannon:

Office: 604-980-6338
Cell Phone: 604-499-2384
Email: shannon_baker@squamish.net

Submit completed registration forms to shannon_baker@squamish.net

RECEPTION UNAVAILABLE AT SQUAMISH NATION MAIN OFFICE TODAY

Reception at the Squamish Nation main office (320 Seymour Blvd) is unavailable today.

For Squamish Nation Department contact information, visit: https://www.squamish.net/contact-us/administrative-offices/

Members can email communications@squamish.net if you are unable to find the phone number or email address for a Squamish Nation Department.

COVID-19 Community Update- January 6

Community Cases

There are active cases in the community. If you test positive, you are asked to quarantine for 14 days. If you came into contact with someone who tested positive or have been advised by Vancouver Coastal Health, you are to quarantine for 14 days.

All health orders should be followed to the best of our abilities. This means do not visit with people outside of your household (or two- household bubble if you live alone). Wash your hands frequently, especially when leaving your household or work. Wear a face mask when in public at all times. Maintain 6 feet distances with people outside your household when possible.

Difference between Quarantine and Isolation

‘Quarantine’ refers to the 14 days that a person must:
• Stay at home.
• Monitor for symptoms.
• Avoid contact with other people.

You will have to quarantine if you:
• Are returning from outside Canada.
• Have been in contact with a possible COVID-19 case.
• Have been told to by your local public health authority.

‘Isolation’ is when you stay at home and limit contact with others because you have a symptom of COVID-19 and may have been exposed.

If you are concerned about a member who you think should be quarantining or isolating, call the Squamish Nation Guardians who may assist in providing education and information for the community member. The number for the Squamish Nation Guardians is 604-374-2687.

How to Quarantine:
• Stay at home. Do not go to work, school or public areas.
• Wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer often.
• Ask friends or relatives if you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication. Alternatively, you can order groceries and medication by phone or online.
• Do not have visitors in your home except if they are providing care or delivering goods and supplies, and in that case, maintain a distance of 2 metres.
• Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces.
• Self-isolation can end 14 days after the last contact or return to Canada if you have not developed symptoms.

Squamish Nation members can call the Member Services Department to receive emergency assistance and care while you isolate at 604-982-7610 during offices or 604-505-3776 after hours. They will help with cleaning supplies and shopping.

Social Gatherings

What do I do as a member if there is a large gathering or party happening?

If you are concerned about a large social gathering (happening during the day from 8am-5pm), you can call the non-emergency police line.

North Shore: 604-985-1311
Squamish: 604-892-6100

If after regular business hours, you may call 911 to report.

Members should not call 911 to report minor issues such as having friends over or small gatherings in the back yard. However if there is a large party, the Integrated First Nations Unit (IFNU) encourages people to call 911 after regular business hours. The Integrated First Nations Unit is a partnership of West Vancouver Police, RCMP in North Vancouver and Squamish, and the Squamish and Tsleil Waututh Nations.

Police will be attending these incidents and assessing the situation. People in the house or at the large gathering will be asked to leave and people responsible for hosting the party are eligible to be fined if deemed necessary by Police.

What will the Nation to do regarding social gatherings or parties?

The Nation is working with law enforcement to assist in protecting the community and address major issues.

The Squamish Nation local state of emergency from April 16th, 2020 still remains in place through the Provincial State of Emergency. This allows the Nation to work with local law enforcement agencies to educate residents and trespassers about the evolving health orders. The state of emergency allows Council to authorize and exercise all powers necessary to deal effectively with the Covid-19 emergency.

In December the Nation hired COVID Guardians in the North Shore and Squamish Valley. The Guardians are responsible for educating, observing, and reporting incidents related to COVID. The Guardians work five days a week including weekends and are instructed to report houses that are hosting parties.

If you want to report a large house party breaking the health orders, the first step would be to call the non-emergency police line during regular business hours or call 911 if after regular business hours.

You can also call the Squamish Nation Guardians 604-374-2687 to report.

Squamish Nation Guardians

The Squamish Nation has a new guardians program to assist our community through the pandemic. They report to the Emergency Coordinator (David Harrison) who reports to the Emergency Operations Director (Paul Wick). There are five Squamish Nation Guardians including three Guardians in North Vancouver and two Guardians in Squamish.

The Squamish Nation Guardian position is part of a public awareness campaign to educate and remind the public on the importance of physical distancing in the territories’ busiest locations. Squamish Nation Guardians safely engage with members of the public to make residents aware of the physical distancing directives and provide education on public etiquette and courtesies for the shared use of outdoor spaces. Mandate to educate and build awareness on the importance of The BC Provincial Health Officers Orders and Recommendations related to COVID- 19 as well as Squamish first Nation’s COVID related State of Emergency Orders and any COVID related regulations that may apply.

Typical Duties & Responsibilities for the Squamish Nation Guardians include:
• Patrolling assigned areas in pairs.
• Safely engaging with members of the public to make residents aware of the physical distancing directives.
• Provides education on public etiquette and courtesies to members of the public for the shared use of outdoor spaces.
• Mitigates and resolves potential confrontations professionally.
• Hand out any appropriate approved educational material.
• Complete daily vehicle, patrol, incident reports.
• Provide incident reports and other records to the Squamish Nation Representatives as requested.
• Inform supervisors of serious incidents
• Receives and investigates complaints.
• Working closely with other Squamish Nation departments and other regulatory bodies such as the Integrated First Nations Unit, RCMP, as required.
• Assists emergency response program as required
• Assisting other Squamish Nation departments before, during, and after events.
• Participates as member of Nation Services.

The Squamish Nation has lawn signs that can be requested, which notifies others that you are not accepting visitors at this time.

To request a sign:

Squamish Valley: 604-892-5166
North Vancouver: 604-982-7600

Vaccination

We are working on setting up a vaccination site for when the vaccine becomes available. We have no confirmed dates at this time, but will provide updates to the community as more information becomes available.

Squamish Nation Office Closure

Due to a recent COVID-19 exposure at the Squamish Nation main office (320 Seymour Blvd), out of an abundance of caution and to protect all staff, members and visitors, the main office will be temporarily closed from Wednesday, January 6 until Monday, January 11, 2021.

The main office will not be accessible during the closure, however reception will still be answering and directing phone calls to staff. No other Squamish Nation offices or workplaces are affected by this exposure and will remain open.

It is extremely important that we are vigilant in our efforts to comply with all of the general COVID safety protocols.

The Squamish Nation is a family, we support each other, we help each other, and through our collective efforts we can keep our family safe.

PHONE NUMBERS

Squamish Nation’s Guardians: 604-374-2687

Member Services Department: 604-982-7610 during office hours or 604-505-3776 after hours

To request a sign, call:
Squamish Valley: 604-892-5166
North Vancouver: 604-982-7600

LANDSLIDE ON WEST BANK OF CAPILANO RIVER

A natural landslide occurred on the west bank of the Capilano River near the Suspension Bridge on January 6, 2021. A portion of a walking trail is closed due to safety concerns and District of West Vancouver staff are working on controlling the area. Soil that was washed out during the slide is causing some sedimentation in the River. Members may notice silty water in the River and outflow into Burrard Inlet in the next few days.

Contact communications@squamish.net if there are specific concerns or observations about sedimentation in the Capilano River.

For additional information: https://www.nsnews.com/local-news/landslide-takes-out-section-of-west-vancouver-walking-trail-3239673

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