Grand Forks Flooding update

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary says fire rescue technicians have rescued more than 30 people by boat in the City of Grand Forks, sometimes swimming through muddy and debris-laden water to ensure everyone is OK.

River levels may appear to be dropping in some areas, but officials warn that a second wave is on its way.

Evacuation orders remain in place for many parts of the Boundary the regional district is reminding the public that sand bags should be kept in place, in preparation for a second surge from melting snow expected over the next few days.

 In areas where damage is minimal, including the area between west Boundary and Christina Lake, they are working to get some residents back in their homes.

 The regional district says damage and safety assessments are underway and unaffected areas will have evacuation orders rescinded as soon as it is safe to do so.
 It says they are prioritizing re-entry for homeowners whose properties have been unaffected by the floodwaters.

  While electricity has been restored, personnel with utility FortisBC are surveying large areas that are still without gas.

The water from the municipal water system is safe to drink however; homeowners who access water from personal wells have the responsibility to have their well water tested themselves. At this time the RDKB is asking the public to conserve water use. 

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.

Affected residents, including those staying with family or friends, should register as soon as possible at the Emergency Social Services (ESS) Reception Centre at the Grand Forks Curling Centre.

Meanwhile a Go Fund Me account has been set up for Grand Forks BC Flood Relief.

The owner of Cannafest which takes place in the community every summer, is doing the fundraiser to help with the relief efforts, and will work with local service groups to distribute the funds as needed.