Lyonel Doherty

Columbia Valley Pioneer

While flooding has hit various parts of B.C. hard, Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) officials are keeping a close eye on the local scene.

“If you were to ask me what keeps me up at night I would definitely say that the flood risk in Area F is high on the list at this time of year,” said electoral director Susan Clovechok.” “But that said, our staff have been proactive in preparing for the potential of spring flooding,” she noted.

Clovechok said RDEK staff continue to monitor weather forecasts and maintain communication with other emergency personnel. They have also established self-fill sandbag stations and are monitoring stream levels and forecasted conditions, she pointed out.

“[We] are ready to respond to issues at a moment’s notice, not only in Area F but across the region.”

 While Clovechok said they don’t have any local flooding at this time, water levels are high on the heels of this warm spell and “we are encouraging all residents to be aware and use extreme caution as water levels can change rapidly at this time of year.”

The RDEK encourages residents who live in flood-prone areas to take steps to be prepared in case flooding occurs.

Self-fill sandbag stations have been established at Fairmont Hot Springs Road (behind old barn at Mountainside Golf Course, Windermere Fire Hall (1635 Highway 93/95), and Elk River Inn in Hosmer (Highway 3 at 6th Avenue). Residents are reminded to bring their own shovels and gloves.

The BC River Forecast Centre has issued a “flood watch” for the East Kootenay region as river levels are expected to rise. The key is to be prepared by planning ahead to protect your property. An emergency kit is also highly recommended.

The RDEK continues to urge residents to sign up for the Evacuation Notification System which notifies registrants if their property is within an emergency alert or order area. For more information visit