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Heavy rains put Kimberley residents on evacuation alert

By Contributor
April 26th, 2012

Heavy rains in the East Kootenay have put 40 families in Kimberley on evacuation alert due to flooding.


The evacuation alert is in place along Kimberley Creek after water levels rose 30 cm overnight due to heavy rain. 


Water levels dropped slightly on Wednesday morning, but there’s more rain in the forecast. 


“We have a low pressure system making its way across British Columbia, bringing heavy amounts of rain to the province,” says Elena Lappo, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.


“Another 10 – 20 mm of rain could fall through Thursday.”


City crews in Kimberley are busy sandbagging and pumping water out of the area. Emergency personnel are helping those with medical or mobility issues out of their homes.


A meeting will be held for those under the evacuation alert in the Morrison Subdivision and a portion Wallinger Avenue on Thursday morning.

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