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Posted: April 28, 2018

High Streamflow Advisory issued

Yesterday was the warmest day of the week and some creeks and streams are starting to rise as the heat eats away at some of the snow in the mid-elevations. Environment Canada is forecasting rain to move in Saturday night into Sunday with showers continuing on and off through Tuesday across most of the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK). The forecast is expected to be cool Sunday through Tuesday and then warm back up to more seasonal temperatures.

Smaller creeks, streams and tributaries will be the most likely to be affected by this little heat spell and the forecasted rain, so there is the potential for some localized flooding in these areas.

As a result, the BC River Forecast Centre has issued a High Streamflow Advisory for the BC Interior (which includes the East Kootenay).

It will be important to stay away from these waterways as the conditions can rapidly change.

For anyone looking to do some pro-active sandbagging, sandbags and sand are available at the Cranbrook Public Works Yard on Cobham Avenue (just outside the gate, so it’s fully accessible), Kimberley Centennial Hall and at the Moyie Pump House on Tavistock.

There are also empty sandbags available at the Windermere and Fairmont Fire Halls. For anyone in other parts of the region looking to access empty sandbags, you can contact the RDEK.

To report flooding, please call 1-800-663-3456.

Emergency Management BC has been adding a lot of great information including links to the River Forecast Centre, and other preparedness information.


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