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BC River Forecast Centre issued High Streamflow Advisory

BC Wildfire crews help to take down Tiger dams and remove anchors between 2nd and 3rd streets in the City of Grand Forks. With lower flood risks predicted, protective works in and around the City of Grand Forks are gradually being removed. — Submitted photo

Residents can expect to see a rise in river levels with rain forecast across the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary this weekend, with flows are expected to remain between a one- to five-year return, or a just above a normal freshet flow. Environment Canada has forecasted scattered showers this weekend with variable rainfall amounts ranging from ten to 40 millimetres across the Boundary.

The BC River Forecast Centre issued a High Streamflow Advisory for Friday, which means river levels will rise or are expected to rise rapidly.

Josephine Street fire causes major damage to Nelson businesses

Firefighters battled the blaze at Josephine Street in Nelson Thursday from the rear of the building. — Photo courtesy Nelson Fire Rescue Services

Nelson Fire Rescue Services continued to deal with a very busy week deluged with calls, including another structure fire Thursday (June 11) in a building at 602 Josephine Street filled with local businesses.

The Josephine Street call came at 5:21 p.m. of a fire report in the ceiling area of a bathroom located in one of the businesses in the building, which housed a tattoo parlour, restaurant, dry cleaner and pottery shop.

UPDATED: Flames seen coming from roof of Josephine Street fire

Flames have not burns through the roof of the building at the corner of Josephine and Victoria Street in Nelson. — Photo courtesy Nick Diamond

Nelson Fire Rescue continues to battle a structure fire in the 600 Block of Josephine Street.

Flames from the fire, starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., have now blown through the roof of the building the houses Divine Alchemy Tattoos, Busaba Thai Cafe and Aldo's Cleaners and Laundry Service.

More coverage as soon as it becomes available.

Nelson Fire Rescue on scene of blaze at 600 Josephine Street

BCIHL delays start of upcoming season due to COVID-19

Fans are going to have to wait until at least the New Year of 2021 before getting a chance to cheer on the Saints. — Selkirk College Saints photo

The BC Intercollegiate Hockey League announced Thursday that the 2020-21 regular season won't start any sooner than January 15, 2021 due to safety concerns relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"We are working closely with BC Hockey, our member institutions, our home arenas and our travel partners to ensure we return to action safely when the current restrictions are lifted," said BCIHL President Chris Munshaw.

"We now know that these restrictions will prevent us from starting on time for the fall semester."

Thunderstorm warning for Boundary, West Kootenay

Environment Canada said severe thunderstorms may develop south of the international border this afternoon and could move northward across the border late this afternoon or early this evening.

Environment Canada issued a Severe Thunderstorm warning for Boundary, West Kootenay, Kootenay Lake and Okanagan Valley Thursday.

Environment Canada said conditions are favourable for the development of dangerous thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and torrential rain.

“Severe thunderstorms may develop south of the international border this afternoon and could move northward across the border late this afternoon or early this evening,” Environment Canada said.

Province takes action to support return to sport

The BC Government announced Wednesday the creation of a ministerial order that protects amateur sport organizations, their employees and volunteers from liability.

British Columbians will be able to get back to playing sports sooner with the Province’s action to protect amateur sport organizations from COVID-19 liabilities, provided they are complying with public health orders and provincial sport guidelines.

Government has created a ministerial order that protects amateur sport organizations, their employees and volunteers from liability. 

“We want to make sure children and their families can get the benefits of physical activity and get back to playing the sports they love,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

Busy few days for Nelson first responders

Nelson Police and Nelson Fire Rescue assist a kayaker to shore near Duck Bay on the Nelson waterfront Monday morning. — Nelson Fire Rescue photo

Fires, a water rescue, an elderly female dealing with a cardiac arrest along with a traffic accident kept first responders busy over the past few days Nelson Fire Rescue said in a media release Wednesday.

“We have seen some very serious incidents take place over the past day or so,” said Nelson Fire Chief Len MacCharles.

“Along with a number of medical first responder incidents and motor vehicle collisions, we have had two serious fires and a water rescue take place in 24 hours,” MacCharles added.

RDKB, RDCK announce lifting of evacuation alerts due to flooding

The RDKB and the City of Grand Forks will gradually start removing flood protection works in stages in the Grand Forks area now that river levels are dropping. Residents are advised to keep sandbags in place in case a change in weather causes rivers to rise again before the end of the freshet. — Photo courtesy of Red Dragon Consulting

In separate media releases, Regional Districts in the Central Kootenay and Kootenay Boundary announced the lifting all evacuation alerts in their respective areas Tuesday.

In the RDKB, the Emergency Operations Centre rescinded an evacuation alert for 1136 properties affecting about 2200 people in the Boundary from Carmi on the West Kettle River to Christina Lake, leaving no properties in the region on evacuation alert or order due to the 2020 freshet.

RCMP, BC Coroners Services investigate sudden death of man discovered on south shore of Kootenay Lake

RCMP said the man was discovered deceased inside a cabin on the south side of Kootenay Lake.

RCMP said in a media release Tuesday that police and the BC Coroners Services are currently investigating circumstances surrounding the sudden death of a man discovered inside a cabin situated on the south shores of the West Arm of Kootenay Lake.

RCMP said that Monday (June 8, 2020) at 1 p.m., police received a report that a deceased individual was discovered in the North Shore area, inside a cabin on the south side of Kootenay Lake.

Early morning fire rips through house on Chatham Street

More than 20 Nelson Fire Rescue firefighters as well as other local first responders, including Nelson Police Department and BC Ambulance Service personnel, responded to the house fire in the 300 block of Chatham Street. — Nelson Fire Rescue photo

The sound of sirens filled the Heritage City Tuesday morning as first responders raced to a report of a house fire in the 300 block of Chatham Street, off Nelson Avenue.

Nelson Fire Rescue in a media release said the Fire Hall received a report of a house on fire with flames being seen from neighbouring streets as people headed to work. Smoke could be seen by early morning golfers at Granite Pointe Golf Course.

Nelson Fire Rescue initially sent both on duty members immediately with call for additional off-duty members responding from home.