City of Fernie declares state of emergency – UPDATED

The City of Fernie has declared a local state of emergency but is not evacuating any residents yet.

  • Jun. 21, 2013 10:00 a.m.

A State of Local Emergency has been declared in The City of Fernie as a result of over 30 mm of rainfall in the previous 24 hours causing a rise in the level of the Elk River.

All dykes within the city of Fernie are holding but there is some localized flooding due to ground water levels and storm sewers backing up.  An additional rise of approximately 20+ cm in the river level is anticipated over the next few hours before it peaks.

James White Park, Annex Park and Dogwood Park remain closed.  Sandbagging stations have been set up at the Public Works Yards located at 1492 Railway Avenue.  Anyone wishing to volunteer is encouraged to contact the Public Works Yards at 250.423.2248.

Environment Canada officials have advised that a further 50mm of rain is expected over the next 24 hours.

Fernie residents are being asked to stay away from rivers, creeks and bridges until deemed safe.  With the rising river levels, trees are falling in the parks and residents are encouraged to stay away from all parks until further notice.

Further updates will be provided as information becomes available.  For further information please visit www.fernie.ca.