RDKB cancels States of Local Emergency — snowpack remains above seasonal average

Boundary Sentinel
By Boundary Sentinel
May 14th, 2017

The Boundary region appears to have dodge a flooding bullet, for now, prompting the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Emergency Operations Centre to cancel the States of Local Emergency.

“River and stream levels in the Boundary forecasts downgraded significantly (Saturday) morning . . ..River levels expected to be well below last weekend’s levels,” the RDKB media release said.

“Although the predicted floods will not happen this weekend, spring melt and runoff is not over. Snowpack at high elevations remain well above seasonal averages.

“If temperature rises quickly or heavy rains fall, river levels could rise quickly.”

The RDKB is urging residents in low lying areas are advised to leave sandbags in place until alpine snowpack decline.

In BC, river level predictions are calculated by the BC River Forecast Centre and links to the BC River Forecast Centre for Boundary river level forecasts are posted at this link.

Officials are advising residents to regularly check the river level forecasts and take precautions if more flooding is predicted.

The RDKB Emergency Operations Centre will continue to monitor river forecasts and will regularly update the

Regional District of Kootenay Boundary website at www.rdkb.com and the emergency information Twitter feed.

The Emergency Operations Centre thanks everyone who worked hard at preparing for the forecast floods.

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