Evacuation orders and alerts have been issued for a couple of low-lying parts of rural Grand Forks due to the possibility of flooding.
The evacuation order, issued by the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, applies to 11 properties and an estimated 23 residents on South Johnson Flats: 5745, 5770, 5775, 5785, 5790, and 5795 Beatrice Street as well as 5740, 5750, 5775 and 5780 Division Street. Those addresses had been placed on alert earlier today.
Eleven properties and an estimated 27 residents are also now on evacuation order at Manly Meadows, including 1210, 1215, 1285, 1400, 1600, 1745, 1770, and 1850 Manly Meadows Road and 301, 325, and 331 Gilpin Road.
Thirty-four other properties and 72 residents in Johnson Flats are now on evacuation alert. The addresses range from 5825 to 6456 12th plus 1270 and 1283 59th Avenue.
“The regional emergency operations centre is issuing these alerts as weather models are showing that rivers will continue to rise,” says RDKB emergency manager Mark Stephens.”
The entire Boundary is on a floodwatch. Nearly 600 other properties within the floodplain from Carmi to Christina Lake are also on evacuation alert.
The RDKB is telling the public to stay clear of fast-flowing rivers and creeks and potentially unstable riverbanks. You’re also asked to report any woody debris and log jams that have been dislodged during the high streamflow to FrontCounter BC.