Mike Farnworth set to tour flood zone in Grand Forks

Mike Farnworth set to tour flood zone in Grand Forks

Mike Farnworth set to tour flood zone in Grand Forks

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary said about 3,000 residents remain under an evacuation order due to the ongoing threat of a second flood, with high forecasted temperatures expected melt snow at higher elevations.

The River Forecast Centre said flood warnings are in effect on waterways throughout the Okanagan and Boundary regions, along the Canada-U.S. border, while flood watches are posted for many other rivers and streams, including the Similkameen and Tulameen rivers west of Grand Forks.

While it has downgraded 74 properties in Grand Forks' downtown from evacuation orders to evacuation alerts, the regional district is urging property owners to keep sand bags in place and be prepared to leave again at a moment's notice.

In the Okanagan region, flooding is also reported in the Cawston and Okanagan Falls areas, and in Osoyoos officials have ordered residents to immediately stop pumping any flood water into the sewers to avoid overwhelming the towns wastewater system.

Flooding from the Similkameen River has forced the closing of Highway 3 in both directions with no estimated time given for reopening.

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Marsh said they expected water levels to peak Thursday evening, adding that different parts of the district could see bodies of water swell between 30 and 100 centimetres.

She tells us the severity of the forecast has changed, with more rain and rising temperatures.

People should stay away from fast-moving water and not drive through areas that are flooded, he said. "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 fortifying their properties.

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

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Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth will be touring the damage in Grand Forks on Sunday afternoon.

"As of this morning, all properties within the 200-year floodplain have been escalated to evacuation orders". "As we start to consider the lower Fraser (River) we're in dialogue with those communities so we can get some advance planning and communications in place".

Many Grand Forks residents have registered with the Red Cross upon evacuation.

Evacuation orders were issued Thursday for the about 1,500 properties covering a large area along the Granby, Kettle and West Kettle rivers, as well as in the Carmi region, 80 kilometres southeast of Kelowna.

Emergency officials conducted a flyover on Friday to determine the number of people trapped by high water and assess damage.

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