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RDKB issues evacuation alerts to about 2,300 Boundary residents

Sandbags are now available throughout the Boundary region.

Friday evening, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Emergency Operations Centre issued an evacuation alert for 1137 properties across the Boundary, impacting an estimated 2,300 residents.

The RDKB said due to the forecasted hot weather and heavy rainfall, a Boundary wide Evacuation Alert has been issued for properties within the 200 year floodplain and properties with potential for bank erosion. 

The area under Evacuation Alert extends from Carmi on the West Kettle River to Christina Lake.

Special Weather Statement remains for Boundary, Kootenay, Arrow/Slocan Lakes

Environment Canada said another disturbance from Washington State will produce more rainfall today over the Kootenays and Columbias.

Environment Canada has downgraded its weather watch to a Special Weather Statement following Saturday nights thunderstorms that hammered the southern interior of BC.

Leafs Shawn Campbell ready to be a Rebel in Stuttgart

Sunflower City native and Nelson Leafs and Castlegar Rebels forward Shawn Campbell gets the shot he dreamed of with the Stuttgart Rebels. — Photo courtesy Nelson Leafs

By Emanuel Sequeira, KIJHL Communications Manager

The dream to play professional hockey in Europe was planted in Shawn Campbell’s mind while he watched his father Scott in Germany.

Scott spent 13 years with six professional hockey teams in Germany after a four-year career with Colorado College in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. It was while in Ausburg, where Shawn was born, that he met his wife as he played for the Ausburger Panthers in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

High streamflow advisory for entire RDCK

The Millennium Park pergola in Castlegar during 2012 floods

Extreme vigilance is required this weekend around rivers, creeks and streams in the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK), specifically the Salmo and Slocan river regions.

The BC River Forecast Centre has issued a high streamflow advisory for the entire RDCK. The current hot weather and rain event forecast for this Saturday, May 30, 2020, has the potential to give the region a one-two punch in terms of flooding.  A high streamflow advisory indicates river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly and minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible.

Unpredictable rain, warmer temperatures means flood threat highest June 1 – prepare now says RDKB

The confluence of the Kettle River and Granby River at Grand Forks on May 27, 2020. — Submitted photo

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has been working very closely with the City of Grand Forks and other regional partners to prepare for possible moderate to high levels of flooding early next week. Current river forecasts show the Kettle River at typical freshet levels for the next 48 hours, then rising to moderate flood levels on Sunday, May 31 through Tuesday, June 1 depending upon rainfall location and amounts.

Nakusp RCMP search warrant nets large quantity of drugs

The search uncovered a large quantity of Methamphetamine.

RCMP in Nakusp said in a media release Thursday that officers executed a search warrant in the village that netted a large quantity of drugs.

Police said Wednesday (May 27), officers conducted a search warrant in the 300 block of 8th Ave NW in Nakusp. During the search police located a large quantity of Methamphetamine.

Police said charges will be recommended for the offence of Possession For the Purpose of Trafficking.

The investigation is ongoing.

The Nakusp RCMP will continue to actively target drug dealers in the local community.

Jogger narrowly escapes predaceous Black Bear during trail run near Hills

The sign posted by the Hills Emergency Services Society (HESS) cautioned the public of a bear in the area. — Submitted photo

The Valhalla Wilderness Society said in a media release a local runner got more than he bargained for during an afternoon jog through the Rail-Trail in the small West Kootenay community of Hills, BC, during the Victoria Day long weekend.

Francis Levasseur was jogging on the railbed trail near a friend’s farm when he came into contact with a less-than-hospitable black bear.

Initially, there was no interaction between the bear and Levasseur.

RDKB issues two evacuation alerts in City of Grand Forks due to erosion

Erosion is a major hazard during freshet, and the RDKB wants residents to stay well away from riverbanks and the edges of creeks. Two evacuation alerts were issued in the Grand Forks area on May 27 due to bank erosion. — Submitted photo

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) issued two more evacuation alerts on May 27 bringing the total number of properties on evacuation alert in the Grand Forks area to sixteen.

ANKORS issues Drug Alert for Nelson area

Drug samples sold in the Nelson area were found to contain a toxic combination of benzodiazepines and fentanyl.

ANKORS (AIDS Network Kootenay Outreach and Support Society) in Nelson issued a New Drug Alert Tuesday after samples sold were found to contain a toxic combination of benzodiazepines and fentanyl.

In a media release Tuesday, ANKORS spokesperson said there have been recent reports of overdose associated with the use of this substance as described in the Nelson area.

“Benzodiazepines are depressants and increase the likelihood of overdose when mixed with toxic fentanyl or fentanyl equivalents,” the ANKORS release said.

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