It’s never too early to prepare for Freshet says RDKB

April 10th, 2023

With changing weather on the horizon, and recent surge in rain, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) says it’s a good idea to start preparing early for the Freshet Season ahead.

“Weather patterns have changed, and we will likely see rivers start to approach normal levels this weekend,” says Mark Stephens, RDKB’s manager of emergency programs.

Mark Stephens adds that the changing seasons is a good reminder for the public to review their personal preparedness plans. 

“With the changing conditions we’re also reminding residents to be extra vigilant near riverbanks and to stay away from them, particularly with pets and children,” he said.

The Regional Emergency Program monitors the snowpack, river levels and weather conditions closely and compares these conditions to the RDKB’s flood response plan.

“We will continue to monitor conditions throughout this year’s Freshet to keep the public and stakeholders up to date with any changes,” Stephens said.

“If you have experienced flooding in the past or know that your property can experience flooding, it’s a good time to exercise personal preparedness.”

Even though the RDKB Emergency Operations Centre is not activated, its team has begun to review the weather and stream flow daily throughout the region.  It will be publishing the Freshet dashboard weekly until it gets closer to peak Freshet season, and more frequent reports are needed. These can be accessed at emergency.rdkb.com.

Residents are encouraged to check out the Freshet dashboard, flood preparation guide, useful resource links and more online:  https://emergency.rdkb.com/Be-Prepared/Freshet-Conditions






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