Flood update – what’s happening where you live in the Elk Valley

A summary of what is happening in different parts of the valley.

  • Jun. 24, 2013 8:00 p.m.

Hosmer – The evacuation orders in Hosmer have been rescinded and residents were allowed to return home this afternoon. Anyone unable to return home due to power/gas outages can contact Marianne Stone at the Fernie Chamber between 10am and 4pm to request an extension in Emergency Social Services Assistance. The Forest Service Unit Crew stacked 3000 sandbags on pallets ready to put into use at the Hosmer Fire Hall. Clean up kits are expected to arrive from the Red Cross tomorrow. A meeting was held in Hosmer with 75 people in attendance and provided the community with information and an opportunity to ask questions.

Area A – The State of Local Emergency remains in effect for Electoral Area A.

Fernie – a State of Local Emergency remains in effect. There was localized flooding in the Annex, and pumping took place Saturday afternoon with success. The storm water system is handling the water at this time. The ponding in the streets in the Annex has dried up. All dikes are holding. All City parks remain closed and City crews are beginning the task of identifying areas of erosion and debris piles on the trails.

West Fernie – West Fernie Dike is holding stable and drainage has returned to normal.

Elkford – The District of Elkford is maintaining the State of Local Emergency declared June 20. Work continues on debris management in Boivin Creek and they will be working to restore access for re-occupancy for residents north of town and to the District’s sewage lagoons.

Sparwood – Focus is beginning to turn to recovery as lower waters allowed City staff to begin assessing trails and parks for damage. Efforts are also underway to replace a water line that was damaged in the flooding.

Elko Dam Alert – The dam alert has been cancelled. BC Hydro personnel remain on site and will continue 24 hr surveillance while water levels remain high.

Weather Forecast – More moisture is expected to move into the region today, with the possibility of showers and thundershowers through Tuesday. Rainfall is expected to continue on Tuesday with strong winds likely over the next two days. Weather conditions on Wednesday are expected to be unsettled with the potential for showers or thundershowers

Conditions are better, but continued caution is required – with conditions improving around much of the region tonight, it is important to remember that conditions can still change and it is important to be vigilant and aware. Please use extreme caution around waterways.