UPDATE, JUNE 1, 2020, 10AM:

Evacuation order rescinded for Crawford Creek, Duhamel Creek, and Salmo/Ymir. Please exercise extreme caution around rivers and creeks when returning home. For more info, visit www.rdck.ca/eocinfo

Nelson, BC: The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) has issued an evacuation order for Crawford Creek (Crawford Bay) in electoral Area ‘A’. The rest of the entire RDCK region, with the exception of Castlegar and Nelson, remains under evacuation alert which was issued Saturday evening. 

The evacuation order has been issued for the following [properties / area bounded by / etc.]:

Crawford Creek Drainage, Crawford Bay BC 15950 HWY 3A
15956 HWY 3A
15958 HWY 3A
15964 HWY 3A
15981 HWY 3A
15985 HWY 3A
15990 HWY 3A
16030 HWY 3A
16034 HWY 3A
16044 HWY 3A
16050 HWY 3A
16077 HIGHWAY 3A
16054 HWY 3A
11952 HIGHWAY 3A
16060 HIGHWAY 3A
16070 HW 3A
16072 HWY 3A
16077 HWY 3A
16078 HWY 3A
16082 HWY 3A
16083 HWY 3A
16088 HWY 3A
16095 HWY 3A
16099 HWY 3A
16101 HWY 3A
16102 HWY 3A
16106 HWY 3A
16107 HWY 3A
16112 HWY 3A
14850 HIGHWAY 3A
16116 HWY 3A
16117 HWY 3A
16116 HIGHWAY 3A
16122 HWY 3A
16126 HWY 3A
16117 HIGHWAY 3A
16130 HWY 3A
16190 HWY 3A
15958 PETERS RD
15963 PETERS RD
15971 PETERS RD
15989 PETERS RD
15990 PETERS RD
15992 PETERS RD
15995 PETERS RD
15963 PETERS RD
16082 SEYMOUR RD
16105 SEYMOUR RD
16107 SEYMOUR RD
16146 WALKLEY RD

Residents and visitors are required to leave the affected area immediately and report to the reception centre at Kokanee Springs Resort, 16082 Woolgar Road in Crawford Bay, BC, V0B 1E0. Due to COVID-19 we ask everyone to do their best to practice physical distancing and wash or sanitize their hands regularly.

 Access to the evacuation order area is being controlled. You will not be permitted to return to your home during an evacuation order unless it is safe to do so and you have been given the permission of local officials and emergency personnel.

Register with the RDCK reception at the Kokanee Springs Resort; this lets officials know that you are safe. Short-term assistance for immediate needs of food, shelter, clothing and emotional support is provided by Emergency Social Services volunteers at this centre. Volunteers will be able to help you find an alternate place to stay if needed.

This reception centre may not be able to accommodate your pets, so make sure you have prepared your pets by having appropriate cages, food and food/water/bowls, and ensure they are wearing identification. You may wish to arrange to have your pets cared for by family or friends.

Everyone is advised to stay away from riverbanks and fast-flowing water.

Residents or visitors on evacuation alert are not required to evacuate. However, the RDCK advises people to remain vigilant and be prepared to leave the area at short notice, as the alert may be followed by an immediate evacuation order.

An evacuation alert was ordered for the entire RDCK region with the exception of Castlegar and Nelson on Saturday evening. This alert is specific to properties adjacent to waterbodies, with particular emphasis on those with a history of flooding or fast flowing water. This is an unprecedented alert due to an extreme storm cell developing over the next 24 hours and following significant spring meltwater.

For more information about evacuations and emergency preparedness, along with other resources, please visit the RDCK website or the PreparedBC website. The RDCK EOC public inquiry line is 250-352-1572.

Incorporated in 1965, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is a local government that serves 60,000 residents in 11 electoral areas and nine member municipalities. The RDCK provides more than 160 services, including community facilities, fire protection and emergency services, grants, planning and land use, regional parks, resource recovery and handling, transit, water services and much more. For more information about the RDCK, visit www.rdck.ca.

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