As many have found to their dismay the rivers flowing through Grand Forks are swelling beyond their banks in places. It’s also happening in Greenwood.
Sand bagging has been necessary in some areas. Some structures are reported lost. People are strongly advised to stay back from stream edges and refrain from entering the water. Even in low lying areas caution is advised. Many fail to understand that flood waters can be teaming with microbiology or other toxins because they are lifting material from grounds and locations not the normal river bed. Wading or swimming through flood waters with open cuts or sores increases hazard of infection.
The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has information. Also . The Province of BC River Forecast Centre publishes current Flood Warnings and Advisories. The Boundary flooding information is found at: http://bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/warnings/advisories/flood49.htm
From the RDKB media Release of 15:40 May 6
MEDIA RELEASE #2
Grand Forks, May 6, 2017, 15:40
There is localized flooding from the Kettle River, the Granby River and Boundary Creek in the Boundary Region in southern British Columbia.
Current situation is:
Granby and Kettle Rivers continuing to rise
Flooded fields on the Granby River North Forks valley
Riverside Drive in downtown Grand Forks is flooded
12th Street in downtown Grand Forks is closed; water over road
Manly Meadows west of Gilpin (east of Grand Forks) campground is flooded
Grand Forks river path ways flooded
Grand Forks City Park and Campground flooded and closed
There are sand bags available for pick up and sand delivery has commenced.
Residents who will be impacted by floodwater are advised to call 1(888)747-9119 to get the locations where sand bags can be picked up and to arrange delivery of sand to their properties.
The rivers are predicted by river monitoring authorities to continue to rise and crest later this afternoon, however heavy rains and/or high temperatures could cause the rivers to rise.
Exercise extreme caution when moving near flooding rivers. The Province of BC River Forecast Centre publishes current Flood Warnings and Advisories.
The Boundary flooding information is found at: http://bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/warnings/advisories/flood49.htm
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
It is extremely important to be safe when near floodwater. River levels can rise quickly and currents can be unpredictable. The ground can be soft and unstable causing extremely poor footing. Exercise extreme caution.