Elk River drops a metre overnight

The RDEK is reporting a significant drop in water level but evacuation orders remain in place.

  • Jun. 22, 2013 2:00 p.m.

  • The Elk River has dropped about 1 metre overnight.
  • All evacuation orders remain in place at this time.
  • The Fernie Transfer Station has been closed due to water on the access to the facility. We have opened a temporary transfer station in the parking lot of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce.
  • The Reception Centre at the Fernie Curling Club for evacuees is open and will remain open throughout the day today.
  • BC Hydro has issued an alert for the Elko Dam. Water is high enough that it is circulating over the bank and causing erosion on the side of the dam and bank. The main concern is losing containment of the reservoir which would result in a release of water to the downstream area at the outlet of the Elk River to Lake Koocanusa.  In the worst case this would result in an additional 1 to 1 ½ metres which is negligible considering the current level of the water. If that were to happen, there is also a concern that a decrease in water running through the dam could affect the powerhouse which would take some weeks to get back into operation.