State of Local Emergency declared in Wasa
A State of Local Emergency has been declared for Wasa as water levels continue to rise.
“The water is still rising in Wasa and the indication is that we can expect to see that trend to continue for at least the next few days,” says Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Emergency Operations Centre Information Officer, Loree Duczek. “The Wildfire Management Branch Unit Crew is in Wasa assisting with sandbagging efforts, we have an automatic sandbagger on site and are completing community assessments.”
The RDEK is also encouraging all residents around the lake to take steps now to prepare for the possibility of flooding.
“We know there were a number of homes impacted last summer when waters rose in a similar fashion. This is the time for people to move valuables, and prepare their homes and properties,” adds Duczek.
Emergency Social Services volunteers are in Wasa opening up a warming centre at the Wasa Community Hall and will be making arrangements for food and water for the crews doing the sandbagging.
Lead photo by Krista Nebloch