A Golden resident's backyard has turned into a pond due to the high water levels on the Kicking Horse River. RDEK wants the public to call the Provincial Emergency Coordination Centre at 1-800-663-3456 if they feel their safety or home is in danger.

Regional District of East Kootenay warns about ice jam flooding

A 24-hour line is available for anyone whose home or personal safety could be threatened.

  • Dec. 5, 2014 9:00 a.m.

With the dramatic change in weather conditions over the past ten days and expected warming trends in the days to come, several local creeks and rivers are being impacted by Frazil ice, commonly referred to by people as ice jams.  As this ice or slush forms, it can cause water to move over and around it, sometimes outside of the creek channel or river bed.  It can be unpredictable and it’s important to remember to stay well away from waterways and creek banks at this time of year.

As this natural freeze/thaw cycle affects the development and break-up of ice, it can lead to overland flooding. While we do have a few properties around the RDEK experiencing some flooding, at this time we do not have any homes being directly impacted.  Our Emergency Program officials are monitoring a few creeks where ice jams have been reported.

If you feel your home or personal safety could be threatened by flooding, contact the Provincial Emergency Coordination Centre at 1-800-663-3456.

This is a 24 hour line and they alert the appropriate local emergency program officials.  The Emergency Programs activate if there are homes or people threatened. This is the fastest way to get a coordinated response.  Please write the number down and keep it handy (it’s the same number to report any wide scale emergency or disaster).

 

 

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