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.
Environment Canada has downgraded its weather watch to a Special Weather Statement following Saturday nights thunderstorms that hammered the southern interior of BC.
The Trail and Greater District Detachment continue to investigate the stabbing incident that occurred on May 29, and can provide the following update.
The victim has been released from hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. At this time, RCMP believe the incident to be isolated and not an attempted robbery nor racially motivated. The 30-year-old deceased suspect had been visiting the area for approximately two weeks. He was known to the RCMP, however, not to the Trail and Greater District RCMP Detachment.
One man is dead and another in hospital after a stabbing at the Tempo Gas Station in Montrose.
Trail RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich confirmed that the victim, a gas station employee, is in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
"I can also confirm that the suspect died of a self-inflicted wound," he added. "There is no danger to the public."
He said the deceased was not prevously known to police
The investigation continues.
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 announcing four new cases, for a total of 2,562 cases in British Columbia.
“There are 228 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 2,170 people who tested positive have recovered.
It’s a humble Selkirk College department of two that has proven itself mighty in the face of the daunting COVID-19 pandemic.
Air Canada has extended the suspension of its West Kootenay Regional Airport passenger flights until at least Sept. 8, 2020.
The extended suspension includes flights to and from Calgary and Vancouver.
This is the third time since the COVID-19 pandemic began that Air Canada has announced changes to flights in and out of Castlegar as a result of financial uncertainty caused by COVID-19.
“We know this creates inconvenience for travelers and it has a significant impact on the City’s finances,” says Mayor, Bruno Tassone.
The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has been working very closely with the City of Grand Forks and other regional partners to prepare for possible moderate to high levels of flooding early next week. Current river forecasts show the Kettle River at typical freshet levels for the next 48 hours, then rising to moderate flood levels on Sunday, May 31 through Tuesday, June 1 depending upon rainfall location and amounts.