Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:
“Today, we are providing case updates for two 24-hour reporting periods: May 30 to May 31, and May 31 to midday today.
“In the first reporting period through May 31, we had nine new cases. In the last 24 hours, we have had a further 15 new cases.
Alcohol and substance-related calls aare expected to increase over the summer, according to RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.
"Over the course of the weekend (May 28 to May 31), the Trail and Greater District Detachment were kept busy when responding to numerous calls for service which included:
In areas throughout the Interior region, river levels have been high due to snowmelt and rainfall.
The River Forecast Centre continues to monitor conditions. Part of being prepared includes being aware of water safety following local flooding.
Interior Health encourages the public to consider how drinking water can be affected during and after floods.
The Regional District of Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has issued evacuation orders for 140 residences on multiple properties in the Grand Forks area.
These latest evacuation orders apply to the following homes:
In a media release Monday, the BC River Forecast Centre issued a Flood Warning for the Boundary area of the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary.
The RDKB Emergency Operations Centre said residents are warned that the river levels have exceeded bank-full or will exceed bank-full imminently, and that flooding of areas adjacent to the rivers affected will result.
The Regional District of Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has issued evacuation orders for five properties in the City of Grand Forks.
These latest evacuations are for four homes on Granby Road and one home on Victoria Avenue immediately northeast of downtown Grand Forks. Residents are required to leave the affected areas immediately due to the immediate threat of flooding from the Granby River.
Evacuation orders for 13 properties in rural Grand Forks
Sand and Sandbags
After issuing an evacuation alert for 1137 properties across the Boundary, impacting an estimated 2,300 residents Friday, Saturday, The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) activated the centre operations to Level Three in preparation for heavy rain and possible flooding events anticipated in the region.
The activation includes:
In a press release Friday, Mercer indicated there will be a month of downtime this summer, over an above its annual shutdown. The press release reads as follows:
"Mercer International Inc. (“Mercer”) (Nasdaq: MERC) reports that its Celgar mill, in addition to regularly planned maintenance downtime of five days, will be taking approximately 30 days of additional downtime (aggregate 52,000 ADMTs) in July 2020.
Friday evening, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Emergency Operations Centre issued an evacuation alert for 1137 properties across the Boundary, impacting an estimated 2,300 residents.
The RDKB said due to the forecasted hot weather and heavy rainfall, a Boundary wide Evacuation Alert has been issued for properties within the 200 year floodplain and properties with potential for bank erosion.
The area under Evacuation Alert extends from Carmi on the West Kettle River to Christina Lake.