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Posted: May 2, 2018

High Streamflow Advisory for Moyie River

Recent cooler temperatures and low precipitation have reduced risks of flooding in the City of Fernie and area and the City of Kimberley with river and stream levels dropping slightly over the past two days.

However, the BC River Forecast Centre has issued a High Streamflow Advisory for the Moyie River.

And the City of Kimberley yesterday issued a Water Quality Advisory because of turbidity caused by the freshet.

Elk River near Fernie

City of Fernie crews continue to monitor water levels and remain prepared as the spring freshet continues.

Residents are urged to be cautious of high fast-moving water, the city noted in an update on localized flooding.

“At this time of year the river and streams rise and start moving very quickly with potential for unexpected log jams on the water. This can be extremely dangerous and we urge residents to be cautious,” said Fernie’s Emergency Program Coordinator Brendan Morgan.

The BC River Forecast Centre (BCRFC) has issued a ‘High Streamflow Advisory’ for the Kootenays including the Moyie River and mid-elevation tributaries in the Castlegar, Trail, Salmo, Creston, Cranbrook and surrounding areas.

A High Streamflow Advisory means: river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected. Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible, the BCRFC explained.

“Areas such as Annex Park and James White Park may see localized flooding should precipitation increase and temperatures start rising. The self-fill sandbag station at Public Works on Railway Avenue remains open for residents who want to sandbag their property,” the City of Fernie warned.

For information on how you can be prepared in the event of an emergency please visit Emergency Preparedness.

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