Emergency officials from the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary ordered six properties to be evacuated when the Kettle River breached an illegally constructed berm, cutting off access to six homes in Johnson Flats near Grand Forks. High rainfall in areas in the Boundary on May 17 and 18 led the Kettle River to peak overnight on May 18.

 No one has been injured and several of the fifteen residents affected have chosen to remain in their homes while others have left to stay with family or friends in the area.