The Regional District of East Kootenay has set up two self-fill sandbag stations in preparation for the spring melt.
The stations are located 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 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 properties.”
The sand and bags will be provided but you will need to bring your own shovel.
“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 Duczek.
The RDEK is also encouraging residents to sign up for the regional Evacuation Notification System.