Thousands Forced From Homes in Kootenay-Boundary Over Flood Concerns

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Friday, May 11, 2018
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Water levels are rising in B.C.'s Kootenay-Boundary region

Thousands of residents have been ordered to evacuate.

Officials say river levels are nearing the catastrophic levels of 1948.

Osoyoos has issued an evacuation order for Solana and Harbour Key. 

The Village of Keremeos has declared a state emergency.

Over 2,700 residents have been ordered out of their homes in the Regional District of Kooteney-Boundary due to "imminent danger to life and health due to flooding."

In 1948 heavy snowpacks and a sudden hot spell caused the Fraser River to rise dramatically and the resulting flood killed 10, destroyed or damaged 2,300 homes and left 1,500 homeless. The disaster lasted a few weeks, forcing 16,000 evacuations. The Fraser peaked at 7.6 metres at Mission.



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