Situation at Elko Dam – Dam Alert cancelled

The situation at BC Hydro’s Elko Dam and Generating Station has been addressed and the Dam Alert notification has been cancelled.

  • Jun. 23, 2013 3:00 p.m.
BC Hydro had serious concerns about Elko dam breaking Friday night.

BC Hydro had serious concerns about Elko dam breaking Friday night.

The situation at BC Hydro’s Elko Dam and Generating Station, located 70 km southeast of Cranbrook on the Elk River, has been addressed and the Dam Alert notification has been cancelled.

At 9 p.m. on Friday, June 21, BC Hydro notified emergency officials and the public that the dam was at risk of having its abutments eroded by the high water flows on the Elk River.  An abutment is the structure that supports each side of the dam.

BC Hydro crews worked around the clock since Friday to divert water and minimize further damage.  The facility has been stabilized, and further assessments and repairs are being undertaken. BC Hydro personnel remain on site and will continue 24 hr surveillance.

BC Hydro thanks our employees and contractors for their hard work in extremely difficult conditions to safely address this situation.