Submitted by the Regional District of East Kootenay
With warmer temperatures in the long-term forecast, delayed high-elevation snowmelt and the
anticipated start of spring freshet, the RDEK has set up two self-fill sandbag stations and is
reminding residents about the need to be prepared and cautious around all waterways.
“The cool temperatures we’ve had through May mean the spring melt has been somewhat delayed
and we are expecting to see water levels rise in the coming weeks,” says Information Officer, Loree
Duczek. “We encourage people to stay clear of creek banks and rivers during spring run-off and
urge anyone who lives in an area prone to seasonal flooding to take steps to protect their
Self-fill sandbag stations have been set up at:
• Old Barn – Mountainside Golf Course – Fairmont Hot Springs Road
• Elk River Inn in Hosmer – Hwy 3 at 6th Avenue (in the lot south of the pub)
The sandbag stations have sand and bags; however, residents need to bring their own shovels
and gloves. Additional sandbag stations will be set up as conditions warrant.
With water levels expected to rise, the RDEK is also urging residents to take steps now to prepare
in the event of flooding, particularly if they are in flood-prone areas. “This time of year,
preparedness and safety are key. Know the numbers to call, have a family emergency plan, take
steps to protect your property from flooding if you are in low-lying areas, and ensure you stay
well back from waterways as rapid, unpredictable changes in waterways are possible,” adds
The RDEK distributed its seasonal flooding preparedness newsletter to all rural homes and
properties in the region a few weeks ago and it is posted on the Flood Preparedness page on
www.rdek.bc.ca along with a host of other links and resources.
The RDEK continues to urge residents to sign up for the regional Evacuation Notification System,
which notifies registrants by landline, mobile phone or text in the event their property or marked
location is within an evacuation alert or order area. Registration instructions and more information
are available on the Emergency Information page on www.rdek.bc.ca.
To learn more about how to prepare for emergencies, build an emergency kit or create a family
emergency plan, visit www.PreparedBC.ca.