For the Townsman
With the spring melt continuing and the potential for some rain over the next few days, the B.C. River Forecast Centre issued a high streamflow advisory late Tuesday afternoon for the East and West Kootenays.
A high streamflow advisory means that river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected. Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible.
City of Cranbrook Public Works staff was actively monitoring the water levels in Joseph Creek Wednesday and will continue to do so through the weekend.
Public Works, in partnership with the Regional District of East Kootenay, is also continuing to monitor the water levels at Elizabeth Lake.
Pumping operations are expected to be in place through the weekend, so vehicle access across Wattsville Road will continue to be impeded.
The City of Cranbrook is again reminding its residents and property owners who have historically been affected by spring flooding, especially in low lying areas of the city, to plan ahead and take any necessary precautions should any flooding occur.
For those who wish to have some sandbags handy as a precaution, both sandbags and sand is available beside the City Public Works yard on Cobham Avenue. Residents are encouraged to bring their own shovels to fill the sandbags.
As always at this time of year, use extreme caution around waterways.
Parents are strongly encouraged to talk to their children about the dangers of fast moving water and have them keep well away from any water sources.
If you are experiencing a flooding related emergency or are concerned about the imminent potential for one, please call the Provincial Emergency Communications Centre at 1-800-663-3456.
You can also get some additional information at www.embc.gov.bc.ca/em/floods/index.html.