This page will serve as a hub for stories related to heavy rainfall and flood warnings issued for the East Kootenay.
Thursday, June 16, 2022:
- Lussier Hot Springs closes due to high water (11:36 a.m.)
Tuesday, June 14, 2022:
- River Forecast Centre downgrades flood warning for Elk River (4:29 p.m.)
- Fernie restocks as water remains at normal spring levels (12:45 p.m.)
Monday, June 13, 2022:
- State of local emergency declared in Sparwood (6:21 p.m.)
- Fernie activates emergency operation centre in response to rising water levels (12:34 p.m.)
- Flood warning issued for Elk River (11:24 a.m.)
- Heavy precipitation batters B.C. interior and southern Alberta (8:11 a.m.)
Sunday, June 12, 2022:
- Flood watch issued in East Kootenay (9:19 p.m.)
Friday, June 10, 2022:
- Coal Creek Road closes due to high water(4:53 p.m.)
East Kootenay sandbagging locations:
A number of self-fill sandbag stations have been set up around the region in preparation for spring freshet and rising water levels. You will have to bring your own shovel and gloves.
- Railway Avenue and Ridgemont Avenue (next to TJ’s Autobody).
- Main Sewage Lift Station parking lot off Mt. McLean Drive at Mt. Trinity.
- West Fernie – intersection of Riverside Drive and McLeod Avenue.
- Empty lot south of the Elk River Inn.
- Englemann Spruce Drive, past Mainroad Yard/Fire Hall #1.
- Fairmont Hot Springs:
- Old barn by Mountainside Golf Clubhouse, Hot Springs Road.
- Cobham Avenue by Public Works Yard.
- Canal Flats:
- Beside the Village Office, across from the fire hall.
- Firehall back parking lot.
Officials with the Regional District of East Kootenay said sandbags should be half to three-quarters full with the ends folded over for the best compaction and effectiveness.
Current road conditions, weather alerts and forecasts can be found through the links below.
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