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Posted: November 17, 2021

Evacuation Alert lifted for 11 Hosmer properties

Effective 2 p.m. local time (Nov. 17), the Evacuation Alert for 11 properties in Hosmer has been lifted.

“Last night we received approval to undertake some in-stream work and immediately started working to remove debris at the confluence of Hosmer and Mine Creek to re-establish creek flow,” said Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Information Officer Loree Duczek.

The in-stream work has now been completed and the contractor will remain on site doing some final clean up.

“By this morning Mine Creek had dropped by almost two feet. While residents are still dealing with some standing water and pumping water from basements, the situation has stabilized to the point where we are able to rescind the Evacuation Alert,” added Duczek.

Water levels continue to recede in other key areas of the Elk Valley, and creek levels on both Cokato Creek and Coal Creek have decreased since yesterday.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure continues to work to complete repairs on Cokato Road, which remains closed at the intersection of Thompson Road. Residents can access Cokato from both the north and south sides; however, the road itself is impassable at Thompson Road and is expected to remain closed for at least a few days.

Highway 3 remains closed in both directions four kms east of Fernie; however, there is a detour via Dicken Road.

The RDEK has set up an online Property Damage Report form and is asking anyone in the East Kootenay who experienced damage to their home or property as a result of flooding from this storm to fill out a form.

A link to the form can be found on

Residents are being encouraged to take photos of any damages and keep receipts incurred as a result of the clean-up in the event the province approves Disaster Financial Assistance.


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