Floods are common in British Columbia and can happen at any time of year. The most severe floods usually occur in spring and early summer due to heavy rain and melting snow. This seasonal flooding is known as freshet. They can also be caused by storm surges, ice jams or damage to structures like dikes or dams.

In some areas of B.C., climate change and related extreme weather events have increased the flood risk. Rising temperatures, changing freeze-thaw cycles and rising sea levels can all contribute to flooding.

Floods can damage buildings, cause power outages, disrupt transportation and create landslides. Fast-moving floodwaters can also be a hazard for people.

Staying connected and being informed during the freshet season is imperative. Stay safe and know the updated flooding information by signing up for City of Nelson Emergency Notifications.

Keeping up to date on water levels during spring runoff can help you stay informed. Check out information on flood and freshet conditions here

Knowing how to prepare for floods and when to evacuate will keep you and your family safe. Check out PrepareBC’s page on Flood Preparedness

Contact Us

  1. Emergency 9-1-1

    Nelson Fire & Rescue Services

    919 Ward Street
    Nelson, BC V1L 5S4

    Non-Emergency: 250-352-3103

    Other Important Contacts: 


    820 Nelson Avenue
    Nelson, BC V1L 5S4

    Non-Emergency: 250-352-2112

    Nelson Police Department

    606 Stanely Street
    Nelson, BC V1L 5S4

    Non-Emergency: 250-354-3919

    Nelson Hydro

    80 Lakeside Drive
    Nelson, BC V1L 5S

    Phone: 877-324-9376 (877-32-HYDRO)

    Kootenay Lake Hospital

    3 View Street
    Nelson, BC V1L 5S4

    Phone: 250-352-3111
    Toll Free: 1-866-352-3111

    City Staff Directory