Freshet Update: 2023-05-09
A State of Local Emergency has been declared within Grand Forks city limits due to imminent danger in the Johnson Flats area.
An Evacuation Order is now in place for the 34 properties along 12th Street which were previously under an Evacuation Alert (5825-6380 12th Street, and 1270 and 1283 59th Avenue). Residents are required, pursuant to Section 10(1)(h) of the Emergency Program Act, to leave the affected area immediately by using local roads.
To access Emergency Support Services, evacuees must register by calling 1-888-800-6493.
The City of Grand Forks and Regional District EOC have added ten properties to the Evacuation Alert in Grand Forks. Nine properties on the east side of the Granby and Kettle Rivers south of the Yale Bridge (addresses between 6341-7351), and one property in South Ruckle at 6655 10th Street.
Residents in these areas are not required to evacuate at this time, however are advised to be prepared to leave the area on short notice.
For the safety of residents in flood-prone areas and crews working on flood protection, we ask that sightseers please avoid travel in these areas and stay away from river banks as the fast-moving waters represent a significant hazard.
Flood preparation work performed during the week:
Four strategic protection points were identified and protected with either Tiger Dams or sandbags – 19th Street, Riverside Drive north of Central, South Ruckle, and the Trans-Canada Trail east of Rockwool.
Almost 3000 feet of Tiger Dam installed.
More than 35,000 sandbags distributed along with more than 35 dump truck loads of sand
Four pumps setup downtown to assist directing storm water to the new storm water discharge pumps.
An additional sand bag station was set up near Johnny’s Motel.
Upcoming activities this weekend:
BC Wildfire crews (6 local and 14 from Castlegar) are still on site and will be filling sand bags and adding an additional layer of protection to the Tiger Dams in South Ruckle.
City staff and RCMP will be conducting regular patrols to monitor protective works.
Although just opened for the season, the City Park Campground is temporarily closed due to the risk of flooding.
The Emergency Operation Centre will be fully staffed and monitoring river and weather conditions for any change to the forecast, and other crews are on standby to respond as needed.
Additional Evacuation Alerts issued in the City of Grand Forks
Due to the potential danger that may arise from flooding, the City of Grand Forks and Regional District EOC have issued an evacuation alert for seven properties on Granby Road with house numbers between 7419-7551 immediately north of Highway 3.
At this time, residents are not required to evacuate, however people in the affected area are requested to prepare to leave the area with very short notice.
This alert may be upgraded to an immediate order to evacuate should conditions worsen.
The Riverside stormwater pump station was successfully commissioned yesterday while other flood preparation work was underway elsewhere in the city.
The SCADA (telemetry) system that monitors the City’s water system showed that last night the 4th Street (City Park) stormwater pump activated several times for around a minute each time to pump accumulated storm water run-off out of the downtown storm water pipes into the river – exactly as it was designed to do!
The City has requested that the RDKB prepare an Evacuation Alert for 34 addresses on 12th Street in Johnson Flats. Notifications to affected properties will be delivered this morning.
The RDKB reminds residents who have signed up for their emergency notification app (VoyentAlert) that only residents affected by evacuation alerts and orders will receive notification about those events.
Updates can also be found on the City’s Facebook page.
Current information on the Boundary freshet is regularly updated at https://emergency.rdkb.com/Latest-Updates/Freshet-Conditions