Update-RDCK Lifts Broadwater Road Evacuation order

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The Regional District of Central Kootenay has lifted all four Evacuation Orders from the weekend.

Residents from the Salmo-Ymir area, Duhamel Creek and Crawford Creek were allowed to return to their homes Sunday but remained under Evacuation Alert, meaning they may have to leave again on short notice. The RDCK allowed residents from about 20 properties on Boradwater Road in Robson to go back home on Monday.

RDCK Emergency officials said area creeks and rivers began to recede overnight Sunday and the reduced flow rates made it safe for people to head back to their properties.

The Evacuation Order for Salmo and Ymir issued Sunday night affected close to 300 properties while the Duhamel Creek order issued Sunday afternoon covered about 160 properties.

Residents and visitors to about 50 Crawford Creek properties were told Saturday night they needed to leave because of the risk of severe flooding.   

Emergency officials said returning residents needed to remain cautious, noting the potential impacts from flooding include contaminated flood water, debris and compromised riverbanks.  

The Crawford Bay Transfer Station is closed until further notice as flood water Preacher Creek has cut off access to the Crawford Bay Road facility.  Resident have been advised to take their garbage and recycling to the Boswell Transfer Station.