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Evacuation order rescinded for Crawford Creek, Duhamel Creek, Salmo/Ymir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Monday morning the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK)rescinded the evacuation orders for Crawford Creek (Crawford Bay) in electoral Area A, Duhamel Creek (Nelson) in electoral Area F, and Salmo/Ymir in electoral Area G.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

Evacuation order issued for 3966-4013 Broadwater Road

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) has issued an evacuation order for 3966-4013 Broadwater Road in electoral area ‘J’. This order expands on an earlier order for Broadwater Road Sunday morning. The rest of the entire RDCK region, with the exception of Castlegar and Nelson, remains under evacuation alert which was issued Saturday evening.

The evacuation order has been issued for the following:

·         Broadwater Road, Electoral Area J (a full list of evacuation addresses follows).

UPDATED: Evacuation orders for five properties in the Granby Road area in the City of Grand Forks

There are seven properties in Manly Meadows along Manly Meadows Road that have been issued evacuation orders due to immediate threat from rising floodwaters.


The Regional District of Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has issued evacuation orders for five properties in the City of Grand Forks.

These latest evacuations are for four homes on Granby Road and one home on Victoria Avenue immediately northeast of downtown Grand Forks. Residents are required to leave the affected areas immediately due to the immediate threat of flooding from the Granby River.

Evacuation orders for 13 properties in rural Grand Forks

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.