May 14, 2018 2:53 pm
Updated: May 16, 2018 1:46 am

Grand Forks residents brace for more flooding

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UPDATE: The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) has closed off access to the Ruckle neighborhood in Grand Forks due to water levels rising. The RDKB said no one is allowed in the area.  Police are patrolling the road blocks and restricting access.

An evacuation order for the Ruckle area went into effect on May 10.

Local authorities said they are expecting a flood event similar to what was experienced late last week for the Grand Forks area.

The Emergency Operations Center continues to work at full capacity.

Many Grand Forks residents have registered with the Red Cross upon evacuation. Loved ones wanting to connect with them can call 250-442-1658 or 250-442-1556.

The contact for the Emergency Operations Centre is 1-888-747-9119.

The RDKB is advising all residents to exercise extreme caution around waterways. They said river levels can rise quickly and currents can be unpredictable. It added the ground can be soft and unstable causing extremely poor footing.

 

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On Tuesday, officials will be holding community meetings to update residents on the flooding situation.

The meeting in Rock Creek will be held at the fairgrounds from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

In Grand Forks, the community meeting will be held at the Grand Forks Secondary School from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Officials will be available to answer questions.

More than 220,000 sandbags have been disturbed across the Boundary region so far, according to a news release.

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Emergency officials are warning the public to remain vigilant as a second surge of water from melting snow is expected to pass through local watersheds this week.

Those entering restricted areas put themselves at risk as well as divert resources from critical flood efforts, officials warned.

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Crews continue to repair critical dikes in the Boundary region in priority sequence.

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