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RDKB EOC cautiously optimistic but prepared for possible rain

Flood protection works to stay in place this week until the RDKB and the City of Grand Forks EOC team have more confidence in amount of rain forecast for the upcoming weekend. Residents are asked to keep sandbags in place as well. Photo courtesy Red Dragon Consulting for the RDKB

The RDKB Emergency Operation Centre said Wednesday it will maintain evacuation alerts for 127 properties across the Boundary, and evacuation orders for 13 properties in the City of Grand Forks and Electoral Area D/Rural Grand Forks until at least June 4, when weekend weather forecasts are more certain.

RDKB rescinds majority of evacuation orders in Grand Forks area

Erosion is a major issue during and after any flood. Rural Grand Forks properties continue to be at risk of further erosion from the Kettle River and some evacuation orders will remain in place as a result. — Photo taken by Red Dragon Consulting for the RDKB

The RDKB Emergency Operation Centre has rescinded evacuation orders for 127 properties in the City of Grand Forks and Electoral Area D/Rural Grand Forks, these properties remain on evacuation alert.

Seven properties in Manly Meadows east of Grand Forks and six properties on Beatrice St. in Johnson Flats will remain on evacuation order due to floodwater in the area, existing flood threat or lack of access to homes.

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report

With new protocols in place, Kerry Reed is looking forward to sharing the excitement with clients.

Well it’s been a long haul, but we’re happy to report that starting in June we will begin to take clients out again.  

With new protocols in place and safety as our number one priority, we are all looking forward to it. Small groups is what we specialize in. So this will be right up our alley.

Through all the down time, we still managed to get out and fish a lot on our own and with the family.  So, we know where the fish are and look forward to sharing the excitement with you.

And in saying that, here’s your latest fishing report:

RDCK closes trail between Wildhorse Creek Road, Wesco Road, indefinitely

Salmo River flooding washed out a significant portion of the Nelson-Salmo Great Northern Trail between Wildhorse Creek Road and Wesco Road. — RDCK photo

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is advising the public that a section of the Nelson-Salmo Great Northern Trail between Wildhorse Creek Road and Wesco Road will be closed indefinitely.

The closure is effective immediately.

Recent weather events, and flooding of the Salmo River have washed out a significant portion of the trail.

The RDCK thanks users for respecting posted signage and staying off this portion of the trail. All trail users are being asked to stay away from riverbanks and fast-flowing water.

Boundary rivers peaked, evacuation orders reassessed Tuesday

Emergency crews are assessing flood damage and access to homes in the Grand Forks area today and working to get residents back home as soon as possible. — Submitted photo

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Emergency Operations Centre said in a media release Tuesday, that the Boundary rivers peaked and evacuation orders reassessed.

Rivers have peaked for now

• All river gauges show the Kettle River crested overnight with levels dropping at a rate faster than the rise.

• Weather forecasts call for dry conditions this week with some showers on the weekend; this bodes well for local residents who can expect river levels to stabilize at seasonal norms until more rain arrives.

Nelsonites stage peaceful anti-racism rally outside City Hall

Nelsonites searching for change staged a peaceful protest against violence following the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd. — The Nelson Daily photos

Monday afternoon outside City Hall, Nelsonites joined the millions of people around the world protesting against anti-black racism following the gruesome death of George Floyd, a black man who pleaded for air as a white Minneapolis officer pressed his knee into his neck.

An estimated 200 people turned out to voice their concerns in a peaceful manner while Nelson Police officer watched.

Interior Health suggests drinking water precautions during, after flooding

Part of being prepared includes being aware of water safety following local flooding.

In areas throughout the Interior region, river levels have been high due to snowmelt and rainfall. 

The River Forecast Centre continues to monitor conditions. Part of being prepared includes being aware of water safety following local flooding.

Interior Health encourages the public to consider how drinking water can be affected during and after floods.

Evacuation orders for 171 households in the Grand Forks area

The evacuation orders are for residents on Gilpin Forest Road, south of the Grand Forks Airport and in Johnson Flats.

The Regional District of Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has issued evacuation orders for 140 residences on multiple properties in the Grand Forks area.

 These latest evacuation orders apply to the following homes:

Evacuation order rescinded for Crawford Creek, Duhamel Creek, Salmo/Ymir

The weekend storm caused erosion on the banks of Grohman Creek which in turn filled Kootenay Lake with muddy water Sunday afternoon. — The Nelson Daily photo

Monday morning the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK)rescinded the evacuation orders for Crawford Creek (Crawford Bay) in electoral Area A, Duhamel Creek (Nelson) in electoral Area F, and Salmo/Ymir in electoral Area G.

The original evacuation order for the area was issued over the weekend; however, the RDCK said overnight our creeks and rivers have begun to recede and flow rates have reduced throughout the region allowing the order to be lifted.

These areas remain under evacuation alert.

Flood Warning in place for the Boundary

The Kettle River at City Park in Grand Forks on June 1, 2020. — Photo courtesy of the City of Grand Forks.

In a media release Monday, the BC River Forecast Centre issued a Flood Warning for the Boundary area of the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary.

The RDKB Emergency Operations Centre said residents are warned that the river levels have exceeded bank-full or will exceed bank-full imminently, and that flooding of areas adjacent to the rivers affected will result.

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