Heavy rainfall causes flooding in Fairmont

In Fairmont Hot Springs, crews are responding to flooding after heavy rainfall and resulting debris blocked culverts.

Heavy rainfall overnight has caused flooding in Fairmont Hot Springs

Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for Interior British Columbia for today (Thursday, June 20th). An upper low in Southern Alberta is spreading extensive moisture across Southern British Columbia where rainfall amounts so far range from 40 to 60 millimetres of rain.

Widespread heavy rainfall is expected across the Interior — up to an additional 30 mm are expected throughout the rest of the day.

The BC River Forecast Centre has issued a High Streamflow Advisory for much of southern B.C., including the East Kootenay, where river levels are rising rapidly.

In Fairmont Hot Springs, crews are responding to flooding after heavy rainfall and resulting debris blocked culverts, forcing the water into streets and through yards.

“The RDEK and its Columbia Valley Emergency Program are on scene, along with the RCMP. The Ministry of Transportation has heavy equipment on site in Fairmont to work on clearing culverts and debris. Sand is en route and should arrive shortly for filling of sandbags and additional resources are being mobilized. Our priority right now is to get the water back within the creek channel,” RDEK Information Officer Loree Duczek said in a press release.

Although some streets and yards are being affected by the water and debris, no homes are flooding at this time and there is no danger to residents,.

According to eyewitness accounts, the pond at Fairmont’s Mountainside Golf Course is filled with debris and the hot pools have been closed for the day due to muddy waters.

This morning, the Canmore Leader reported that the Trans Canada Highway just east of the community, along with Highway 1A have been closed. Raging water levels in Cougar Creek in Canmore have forced town and fire-rescue officials to ask residents in a dozen homes to leave their residences. The raging creek has also taken out between 10 to 15 metres of CP rail line that cross the stream as it makes its way to the Bow River.

 

 

 

Just Posted

Revelstoke Grizzlies celebrate the end of their regular season with awards

Their last game is on Saturday and the playoffs start next week

MP Stetski calls for more funding for rural internet

Stetski says there is a growing digital divide between rural and urban communities

Revelstoke Search and Rescue calls Feb. 11-17

Revelstoke Search and Rescue reports their activities to Emergency Management BC who… Continue reading

Kelowna man in wheelchair following police-involved shooting

“Shots were fired by police and the male was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.”

Penticton woman captures footage of bobcat feasting on bird in backyard

‘Kim Ken Oszinski’ posted photos and videos of the bobcat from just a few feet away

Branching out: learning to ski at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

It’s the first time at the hill for the editor of Revelstoke Review

5 Events to check out at local ski hills

Check out this new column from Okanagan events guru Christina Ferreira

Former homeless man hopes to inspire change for others

Dean Schaffler was one of the more recognizable men living on the street in Kelowna

Peter Tork, Monkees’ lovable bass-guitar player, dies at 77

Tork, Micky Dolenz, David Jones and Michael Nesmith formed the made-for-television rock band

From a drunk judge to Clifford Olson: George Garrett recounts a life in B.C. news radio

New book from ‘Intrepid Reporter’ George Garrett offers readers a glimpse behind the headlines

Shuswap police look for suspect in intentionally-set fire

Men help extinguish blaze by kicking snow on it

Former Okanagan fire chief sues City of Vernon after termination

Keith Green’s civil claim says that he believes he was wrongfully terminated

Okanagan man cashes in $500,000 Daily Grand lotto ticket

Penticton resident Harald Naegel won using his regular five numbers

Alberta’s oil-by-rail plan a worry for Shuswap mayor

High volume of train traffic already an environmental/public safety concern

Most Read