Two people, stranded due to washed out bridges near Elkford, rescued by helicopter

Two people were resuced this afternoon after bridges washed out on the Elk River Forest Service Road, leaving them stranded for two days.

  • Jun. 22, 2013 8:00 p.m.
Elk River flood water only inches away from touching the bridge in Elkford that connects to Greenhills and Fording River Teck mines.

Elk River flood water only inches away from touching the bridge in Elkford that connects to Greenhills and Fording River Teck mines.

Two people were resuced this afternoon after bridges washed out on the Elk River Forest Service Road, leaving them stranded for two days.

A successful rescue mission approximately 65km north of Elkford was conducted via helicopter this afternoon for the two individuals that were stranded since Thursday. The individuals were in regular contact with emergency officials during this period of isolation.

The District of Elkford is maintaining the State of Local Emergency declared June 20.

The Emergency Operation Centre will re-open from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. tomorrow. Should you require assistance during these hours please call 250-865-4023 and after hours call 250-910-4004.

The Evacuation Alert remains in place. An Evacuation Alert means residents should remain alert to changing conditions and be prepared to leave immediately should an order be issued.

The Elk River continues to recede, but further rain may increase the flow. Residents are asked to stay away from the Elk River and Boivin Creek and to stay off the roads and trails north of town. Continued debris management will be conducted in Boivin Creek to ensure public safety.

Business owners located on Front Street and Water Street are able to access their buildings and sanitary sewer service has been restored. Please use caution when accessing your facility. Community updates will continue to be provided at www.thefreepress.ca