Sparwood declares state of emergency

A State of Local Emergency has been declared in Sparwood, as a result of a rise in the level of Michel Creek.

  • Jun. 20, 2013 3:00 p.m.

A State of Local Emergency has been declared in Sparwood, as a result of over 130 mm of rainfall in the previous 24 hours, causing a rise in the level of Michel Creek.

While Michel Creek continues to flow within its channel, there is concern that the CPR Bridge, immediately adjacent to Mountain View Mobile Home Park, is experiencing log jams that may cause the Creek to change it’s course and impact the Mobile Home Park. Mayor Halko states “We have declared a State of Local Emergency in order to proceed with a precautionary evacuation of Mountain View Mobile Home Park and to access additional equipment or resources as may be required.”

Currently, there are no homes in Mountain View Mobile Home experiencing flooding. Residents are requested to stay away from moving water and remain outside of the evacuated areas until it is determined safe for residents to return.

Environment Canada officials have advised that a further 40 – 60 mm of rain is expected over the next 24 hours.

A reception centre for evacuated residents has been set up at Fire Hall #1, located at 479 Pine Avenue.

Travelers heading to Alberta should check the Ministry of Transportation website: www.drivebc.ca

Further updates will be provided as information becomes available.