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Posted: March 9, 2014

Flood watch ends but Water Quality Advisory continues

Focus to shift to clean up starting Monday, city says

Despite the rainfall in Cranbrook overnight Saturday and into Sunday morning, the flooding experienced in the city late last week has subsided and Public Works crews begin to transition into their clean up efforts starting on Monday.

Today, Public Works crews will continue to focus on the temporary filling of many new potholes that have popped up all over the city. Residents are asked to please slow down while driving around the city for the next week as road conditions in many areas have deteriorated due to all of the water. Public Works crews will focus heavily on flood cleanup on Monday and through next week.

Residents are also still advised to stay away from any creeks, including Joseph Creek and lakes including both Elizabeth and Idlewild Lake.

Meantime, the water quality advisory issued early Friday afternoon for residents on the City of Cranbrook water system continues today and is expected to remain in place at least Monday. This is NOT a boil water order. This is not mandatory, only precautionary.

Residents with young children, the elderly or those with a weakened immune system may wish to boil their water for at least one (1) full minute at a rolling boil before using for things like drinking, washing fruits and vegetables or brushing teeth.

The City of Cranbrook will continue to monitor the water quality and keep the public up to date on any changes. For more information about Interior Health Drinking Water Advisories and Notifications, please visit

The City of Cranbrook wishes to publicly thank all the Public Works management and crews and the management staff and members of Cranbrook Fire and Emergency Services for their hard work and organization through the flooding period.

A special thank you to the Ministry of Forests and all the forestry workers who worked through the weekend filling sandbags for the municipality and the residents to use.

Also a special thank you to the emergency management and staff of the Regional District of East Kootenay, especially Anita Charest, Melody Munro and Loree Duczek for their time and effort during this event.

Although the flood risk has passed, residents can still pick up sandbags at the Public Works yard on Cobham Avenue, if they wish. Many homes in the city are experiencing seepage into basements, too.

If you are still experiencing a flooding related issue, please call the City of Cranbrook After Hours Line at 250-426-2325. Any regular emergency requiring Fire, RCMP or Ambulance services, please call 911. You can also get additional information on the Emergency Management BC website at

City of Cranbrook

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