June 14, 2022
3:00 p.m. PT
RDKB’s Emergency Operations Centre issues Evacuation Alert for 10 addresses on Beatrice and Division Street in Electoral Area D/Rural Grand Forks
The RDKBs Emergency Operations Centre is activating flood response activities as per the direction of the RDKB Flood response plan. The EOC has issued an Evacuation Alert for the ten low-lying properties located in Electoral Area D/Rural Grand Forks as noted above.
At this time, residents on Beatrice and Division Street are not required to evacuate. However, people present within those areas are requested to prepare to leave at short notice as they are at risk from flooding.
The details of the Evacuation Alert can be accessed here and may be followed by an immediate order to evacuate should conditions worsen.
Explaining the discrepancy between the RDKB’s emergency response and the CLEVER Model forecasts, Mark Stephens RDKB’s emergency manager and EOC director explains: “What we’re seeing on the ground is that river levels are declining, they’ve peaked below what was forecast, and our response is based on current, real time information from our partner agencies. This highlights the importance of our Flood Response Plan - based on past experience, we know what our area’s trigger levels are, when we need to take action, and will continue to monitor conditions as this unsettled weather moves into the weekend.”
Self-serve sand bag stations are available, free of charge, to residents at the following sites:
- Westbridge Community Hall
- Rock Creek Riverside Centre
- Midway Public Works
- Grand Forks: 18th Street (behind cemetery & up from dog park)
The B.C. River Forecast Centre has maintained its High Streamflow Advisory for the Boundary area, including the West Kettle River, Kettle River, Granby River and surrounding tributaries.
The advice from the RDKB Regional Emergency Operation Centre, is to be prepared, know your hazards and stay clear of the fast-flowing rivers, creeks and potentially unstable riverbanks during the high-streamflow period.
Residents should also stay informed about local freshet conditions, and ensure they have considered plans for moving valuable items, livestock or other items to safe locations if required.
Regularly monitor the emergency.rdkb.com website as well as the @RDKB_Emergency twitter feed for the latest emergency news, weather forecasts and alerts. Use these resources to learn how you can protect your home, how to make an emergency plan and build your grab & go bags so that you can leave at short notice if you have to.
Residents in the Kootenay Boundary can register for current and future emergency notifications here