news release

City supports flood relief efforts

May 13, 2018

Mayor Frank Konrad is working closely with emergency officials to support flood relieve efforts. He participated in a ground and air tour today of the severely impacted flood areas within Grand Forks.

“It takes a strong community to come together during times of crisis and work together so effectively. I am humbled by the level of loss I have witnessed today and will be working closely with emergency officials in the coming months in regards to relief efforts. After speaking with the Premier, I am confident in the continued support we will receive from the province during recovery,” said Mayor Konrad.

The City of Grand Forks is working closely with the other members of the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary during this time of unprecedented flooding. With the forecast of warmer weather officials are cautioning the public to remain vigilant in anticipation of the second surge of water from the melting snow set to pass through local watersheds over the weekend and into early next week. Water levels at their peak were 60 cm higher than the previous recorded maximum.

“This situation is heartbreaking, and we’re not through it yet. The beauty I see in it is the tireless efforts from staff and volunteers, and the stubbornness and strength of our community,” Roly Russell, Chair from the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary.

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.

It is extremely important to be safe when near floodwater. River levels can rise quickly and currents can be unpredictable. The ground can be soft and unstable causing extremely poor footing. Exercise extreme caution.

The contact for the Emergency Operations Centre is 1-888-747-9119.
For more information: Kevin McKinnon, Information Officer for the RDKB, cell: 250 442-6111