UPDATE: RDCK extends evacuation order in Slocan Valley

UPDATE: RDCK extends evacuation order in Slocan Valley

The RDCK declared a state of local emergency and an evacuation order for properties in Slocan Valley.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay has declared a State of Local Emergency and an Evacuation Order for properties in the Slocan Valley due to rising levels of the Slocan River. The Slocan River remains under

The Slocan River remains under flood watch with levels reaching 20-year returns.

The evacuation order has been issued for the following areas:

• 2220 to 2987 Slocan Valley West Road

• 3946 Woykin Road

• 4058 Indian Pt Road

• 3946 Indian Pt Road

• 3922 Indian Pt Road

• 4065 Indian Pt Road

• 4023 Indian Pt Road

• 3945 Indian Pt Road

• 3875 Indian Pt Road

• 3890 Indian Pt Road

• 3860 Indian Pt Road

• 3771 Arrow Road

• 3750 Little Slocan S Road

• 4010 Passmore Lower Road

• 4003 Passmore Lower Road

• 3970 Indian Pt Road

• 4026 Indian Pt Road

• 3801 Arrow Road

• 6315 Picard Rd

• 6316 Picard Rd

• 6268 Picard Rd

• 3305 Koch Siding

Residents are required to leave the affected area immediately and report to the reception centre at Crescent Valley Fire Hall at 1365 Highway 6.

Access to the Evacuation Order Area is being controlled and residents are advised to stay away from riverbanks and fast flowing water.

Earlier this week, the RDCK informed residents that the Slocan River was expected to rapidly rise this week due to a melting high-level snow pack and issued an evacuation alert for residents and visitors of Slocan Valley West Road.

For information on how to prepare for an evacuation, please visit rdck.ca/EN/main/services/emergency-management/emergency-preparedness.html.

The BC River Forecast Centre also issued a flood watch for the Slocan River earlier in the week, with a once in 50-year level expected on Friday.

The Slocan River near Crescent Valley is currently flowing at approximately 520 m3/s and is expected to rise up to 747 m3/s by Friday.

Depending on the amount of precipitation the region receives, river levels may increase or decrease to forecast levels.

Residents living in low-lying riverfront properties should remain aware and take precautions to protect their properties from flooding. Residents are also reminded to sandbag around their homes, away from the river bank.

Anyone requiring sandbags can contact the emergency program coordinator in their area:

Nelson, Kaslo and Areas D, E, F, I and J — 250-352-8177

Nakusp, Slocan and Areas H and K — 250-265-0230

Creston, Areas A, B and C, Salmo and Area G — 250-428-0299

To report flooding or landslide, residents can call the 24/7 provincial emergency reporting number at 1-800-663-3456.

Residents are reminded to sandbag around their homes, away from the river bank. Sand and sandbags are available at the following locations:

 

UPDATE: RDCK extends evacuation order in Slocan Valley