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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.

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.

Updated:

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

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