New evacuation alert issued as one partly rescinded
Hoodoo Mountain Resort now under evacuation alert as Cold Spring Creek alert is rescinded. Fairmont Creek remains in place
Debris removal has been completed on the upper basin on Cold Spring Creek and capacity has been restored within the system.
As a result, the Evacuation ALERT for the Cold Spring Creek area has been rescinded. The Evacuation ALERT for Fairmont Creek remains in place.
“Debris removal started yesterday morning on Cold Spring Creek and our contractor and Incident Commander did an excellent job and have completed debris removal ahead of schedule,” said Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Information Officer Loree Duczek. “A total of 65 loads were removed from the upper debris trap yesterday, and an additional 33 were removed today.”
Work continues to finalize approvals to begin debris removal on Fairmont Creek.
“We have multiple sites on Fairmont Creek that will require debris removal and we are working to get started as quickly as possible. We hope to have a timeline to provide to the community early next week,” added Duczek. “In the meantime, it is critical that residents within the Evacuation Alert area on Fairmont Creek remain prepared to leave on a moment’s notice should conditions change.”
Nearby, Dutch Creek has also swelled and has topped its banks in one low-lying area near the Hoodoos.
As a result, an Evacuation Alert has been issued this afternoon for the Hoodoo Mountain Resort. “We have been working with Water Stewardship BC and the campground operator today and have issued the Evacuation Alert so that campers are aware of the potential for rapidly changing conditions and are ready to evacuate on a moment’s notice should conditions worsen,” added Duczek. The Alert affects only the campground at this time, which has 146 sites and is at about 70% capacity.
The RDEK strongly encourages residents to sign up for the Evacuation Notification System if they have not already done so. Information on how to register and details about the system are available on www.rdek.bc.ca. Ongoing information updates will be provided via the RDEK’s email groups, on its website and social media pages.