Emergency Operations Centre Updates on The Flooding
The sandbags pictured above no-longer trace the store fronts of Market Avenue, and the downtown slowly re-opens for business.
Respect evacuation orders, and keep out of evacuation areas. That’s from Regional District of Kootenay Boundary’s Emergency Operations Centre representatives. Total evacuation orders stood at 1395 this morning, affecting approximately 2790 individuals. The Granby, Kettle and West Kettle rivers all saw record high flows, reaching 60cm above the 1948 flow-record. The water is receding but contains debris and other hazardous materials. EOC Director Chris Marsh says rivers are expected to peak again between Wednesday and Friday. He also says they’re continuing efforts to remove the water from certain locations.
Grand Forks Mayor Frank Konrad says he’s in communication with Premier John Horgan.
Kettle River Watershed Authority Coordinator Jessica Mace says volunteers are still hard at work!
She adds that if you’re interested in volunteering to register with Red Cross at the curling club. Crews are assessing damage so they can lift evacuation orders where possible, but any lifted evacuation orders will remain on evacuation alert for the time being. Some evacuation orders in the downtown core are being lifted where possible to help support the community.