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RDKB watching river levels as temperatures heat up

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary is keeping a close on local river levels this weekend and temperatures are expected to hit the mid-to-high 20s.

“There is forecasted heat coming up this weekend and, with that, an anticipated increase in river levels throughout the Boundary over the next seven days,” emergency operations centre manager Mark Stephens said in a news release.

“We are currently working with our partners at the Ministry of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness to monitor next week’s weather.”

The RDKB has kept its regional emergency operations centre activated at Level 1 as it continues to support the villages of Fruitvale and Warfield, which suffered washouts this month.

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“Our emergency program is closely monitoring the snowpack and weather conditions and will continue to support municipalities affected by washouts in the east of our region until they no longer require our assistance,” Stephens said.

Latest snowpack reports for the West Kootenay and Boundary areas are above normal. However, the RDKB says rivers in the Boundary are not expected to rise beyond a one-year return throughout the weekend.

The RDKB is urging residents to stay up-to-date with changing conditions. They have emergency info posted at

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