BC Flooding: More Evacuations Ordered

BC Flooding: More Evacuations Ordered

About 1,395 evacuation orders affecting 2,790 individuals remain in place for many parts of Kootenay Boundary and the regional district is reminding the public that sand bags should be kept in place.

The city's downtown area seemed drier Saturday morning, but the regional district said an unknown number of people had been trapped in their homes, prompting a flyover by emergency officials.

Not only are officials expecting further flooding in areas already hit like the Grand Forks and Similkameen areas but they say other critical areas to watch next week include Kelowna, Vernon, the Shuswap, and places along the Fraser River, like Mission, Hope and Prince George.

In the Okanagan Falls area, 54 properties were evacuated due to flooding along Shuttleworth Creek.

On Friday, Drive BC said Highway 3 was closed in both directions, 14 kilometres west of Keremeos, because of flooding.

As the temperatures rise in the mountains a substantial amount of snow in the alpine areas is expected to start melting, bringing more flooding next week. "We're going to have a couple of weeks of very, very hard times along the waterways of British Columbia", Horgan said at the World Rugby Women's Sevens game in Langford, B.C., on Saturday.

More than 2,700 people were affected by the orders, with many struggling to salvage what they could and fortify their properties.

Some of the worst flooding in B.C.is in the Kootenay Boundary region where water overwhelmed an RV park east of Rock Creek on Thursday.


Law enforcement officials also urged residents to stop breaking evacuation orders, because they are not only putting themselves at risk, but also emergency responders.

"We encourage local governments and First Nations right now to be looking at activating their operation centres".

"Even if temperatures cool, and we get additional rain, that can also aggravate soil and dikes that may be saturated", he said, adding that the province will roll out dike patrols starting next week.

Kate Saylor, a reporter with the Grand Forks Gazzette newspaper, whose building was among many evacuated, told CTV News Channel that volunteer firefighters and search-and-rescue teams are "literally swimming up to homes".

In the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, 1,500 homes along the Granby, Kettle and West Kettle rivers and the Carmi region were placed under evacuation order because of "imminent danger to life and health due to flooding", according to a press release from the district.

- 23 local states of emergency have been declared.

Meantime, in the Okanagan there were more evacuations ordered in the town of Osoyoos.

Evacuation alerts remain in effect for properties in the Lower Nicola Mobile Home Park and Marshall Road.

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