Flooding – Boundary Region, BC

 

There has been major flooding in the Boundary Region. The Kettle River Watershed Authority’s key messages are:

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City Park – Grand Forks, BC May 6, 2017 (courtesy of Leif Churchill)

1. River bank instability – Avoid the water’s edge since the banks are over saturated and are compromised. In the town of Cashe Creek near Kamloops, a fire chief went missing on Friday morning after checking water levels in a flooded area.  Click on Cache Creek to read  more.

2. Water Levels – Although the water levels have receded over the past 24 hours, there is a risk that levels will rise again later this week.  See river level forecasts posted on the Regional District of the Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) site at  RDKB.  There is an emergency response team set up  at the RDKB office in Grand Forks. If you have any questions/concerns you can contact the response team by calling 1-888-747-9119 or 250-442-3628.

3. Flood preparation – The RDKB emergency response team has recommended some steps to take for flood preparation.  Go to this link for more information – Flood Preparation

4. Water contamination – Floodwater is not river water.  Avoid playing in or drinking the flood water since the water may be contaminated.  Go to this link for more information – Floodwater