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Regional district rescinds evacuation orders for Grand Forks, B.C., area

Rural Grand Forks properties continue to be at risk of further erosion from the Kettle River and some evacuation orders will remain in place as a result.
Rural Grand Forks properties continue to be at risk of further erosion from the Kettle River and some evacuation orders will remain in place as a result. Courtesy: Regional District of Kootenay Boundary | Red Dragon Consulting

On Tuesday evening, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary rescinded evacuation orders for 127 properties in the Grand Forks, B.C., area.

The properties still remain on an evacuation alert.

Seven properties in Manly Meadows and six properties in the Johnson Flats area remain on an evacuation order because of floodwater in the area, an existing flood threat or a lack of property access, according to the regional district.

READ MORE: Flood evacuees in Grand Forks, B.C., could soon return home after Kettle River crests: official

“Our focus today has been to get as many people back into their homes as soon as possible so these residents can return to some sense of normalcy,” said Mark Stephens, the regional district’s emergency operations centre director.

“We are keeping our evacuation alert for over 1,000 properties in place for now due to rain in the forecast for the coming weekend.”

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The provincial river forecast centre has downgraded its flood warning to a high streamflow advisory for the Boundary area.

READ MORE: Hundreds ordered evacuated due to flooding in B.C.’s southern Interior

The regional district said no major flooding is expected in the coming days, although river levels could still rise rapidly. It also said minor flooding in low-lying areas is still possible.

READ MORE: Flooding concerns in the Cawston area

The tiger dam in downtown Grand Forks and the 68th Street berm will remain in place until at least the end of the week, according to officials.

The regional district said the Boundary snowpack remains higher than normal.

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Residents of B.C. Interior and Boundary regions brace for flooding
Residents of B.C. Interior and Boundary regions brace for flooding