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Evacuation orders for 171 households in the Grand Forks area

The evacuation orders are for residents on Gilpin Forest Road, south of the Grand Forks Airport and in Johnson Flats.

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:

  • 108 homes on Highway 3, Gilpin Creek Forest Service, Heaven and Nursery/South Nursery roads.
  • 36 homes south of the Grand Forks Airport on Gilpin, Darcy and Jmayoff roads.
  • 27 homes in Johnson Flats, 12th St and Division St

Residents are required to leave the affected areas immediately due to the immediate threat of flooding from the Granby and Kettle Rivers. Maps and full lists of addresses under evacuation order are attached.

Evacuees can access Emergency Support Services (ESS) at the Jack Goddard Memorial Arena in Grand Forks (map attached). Evacuees are encouraged to stay with friends or family if possible.

Everyone is asked to respect physical distancing and health and hygiene protocols due to COVID-19. Information about how to do so will be available through ESS.

A total of about 189 homes are now on evacuation order affecting about 400 people in the Grand Forks area and about 1000 properties remain on evacuation alert affecting a further 2,000 people across the Boundary area.

The BC River Forecast Centre issued a Flood Warning for the Boundary area of the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Monday. 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.

This warning is based on rain that fell in the region May 31 increasing flows in the Kettle River system to twenty-year return level, or a high flood risk for low-lying properties by late in the day on June 1.

The RDKB continues to monitor all creeks and rivers and track BC River Forecast Centre and Environment Canada weather information. The RDKB Emergency Operations Centre is activated to Level 3 and is prepared for any ongoing emergency response that may be required.

An EOC call centre has been set up for Boundary residents and is staffed from 8 am to 4 pm daily. The toll-free number for the call centre is 1-888-747-9119.

The RDKB warns everyone to stay away from the edges of watercourses and report any erosion or flooding to the Provincial Emergency Coordination Centre at 1-800-663-3456.

For more information about snow and river levels as well as how to prepare for the 2020 freshet, visit emergency.rdkb.com. To register for the RDKB Emergency Alerting System go to https://ca.voyent-alert.com/vras/user-registration.html.

The RDKB will continue to update the public as new information is available.