Imminent flooding impacting a number of areas in Sparwood has led the district to declare a state of local emergency along with several evacuation alerts on Monday afternoon.
Sparwood officials said the impacted areas include Mountainview Mobile Home Park, Lower Lodgepole Mobile Home Park, properties along G North Road and Lower Matevic.
Properties in those areas have also been placed under an evacuation alert, as water levels have increased significantly.
Officials said this is due to the spring freshet in combination with heavy rain, which is expected to continue until Tuesday evening.
Sparwood’s emergency operations centre was activated at about 2:30 p.m. on Monday and will continue to monitor the situation as it develops.
“Safety of Sparwood residents is of the highest importance,” said Sparwood Mayor David Wilks. “The current levels of the rivers, combined with the significant rainfall lends to a situation that has now compromised some of our high-risk areas. This alert was enacted to provide residents with time to get prepared, should the alert escalate to an order. We encourage everyone in the alert area to have a grab and go kit ready by the door, and ensure they have safety plans in place.”
Residents are asked to look out for one another if neighbours or friends need assistance.
Sparwood has a sandbag station set up at Engelmann Spruce Drive past the Mainroad Yard and Fire Hall #1. You will have to bring your own shovel and gloves.
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