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Parts of Slocan Valley placed on Evacuation Alert — Salmo Schools Closed Friday

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
May 18th, 2018

Christine Perkins, Kootenay Lake School District Superintendent/Chief Executive Officer said in a media release that due to the evacuation alert, schools in Salmo will be closed Friday, May 18.

No further information was available. However, parents, students and staff should check the Kootenay Lake School website and social media for updates.

Parts of Slocan Valley placed on Evacuation Alert

Local volunteer firefighters will be door knocking Thursday evening after the Regional District of Central Kootenay issued evacuation alerts to residents and visitors in the Slocan Valley due to the potential flooding.

The affected areas include Indian Point Road and Slocan Valley Road West.

“We are issuing this evacuation alert as a precaution, because we anticipate that water levels on Slocan River will rise and potentially threaten homes in the area,” said Andrew Bellerby, the RDCK Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) Director in a media release Thursday.

“We are advising everyone to be prepared to evacuate if required. The situation might change quickly, depending on how much rain we get over the next few days. We will provide updates as things progress.”

At this time residents or visitors within the area are not required to evacuate.

However, the RDCK advises people to remain vigilant and be prepared to leave the area at short notice. This alert may be followed by an immediate evacuation order should conditions worsen.

What residents can do to be prepared:

  • Sandbags and sand that residents can to use to protect their properties can be accessed at any of the locations listed on the RDCK website: www.rdck/befloodprepared.
  • If you have livestock or pets, take this time to prepare your animals for possible evacuation.
  •  If you are not physically able to evacuate yourself, contact the EOC public inquiry line at 250-352-7701 now, so authorities are aware of your circumstances.
  • If you have questions about how to prepare for an evacuation, where to get sandbags or other questions relating to emergency preparedness, contact the EOC at 250-352-7701.
  • Report flooding emergencies by calling 911.
  • Report any new hazards, such as potential flooding or debris flows, to the 24-hour toll-free provincial emergency number at 1-800-663-3456.
  • Sign up for the RDCK Emergency Notification System to receive instant notification of evacuation orders. Go to and select “Emergency Alerts” from the home page, or go to the notification system sign-up page at
  • For information about emergency preparedness for floods (including sandbagging) and evacuations, please visit or the PreparedBC website.

The affected areas are identified in the evacuation alerts posted below on RDCK maps or by going to the RDCK website.











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