Crews install a dyke prevention barrier on the dyke top in the vicinity of Historic Downtown.

Crews install flood prevention barrier along river dyke

3 p.m. flood watch update: A flood prevention barrier is being installed, and local flooding has already occurred at Brookside Motel.

The BC River Forecast Centre HIGH STREAMFLOW ADVISORY and FLOOD WATCH remain in effect for the Columbia Region including the Kicking Horse River, said Town of Golden Staff in their 3 p.m. flood watch update.

Installation of the flood prevention barrier on the dyke top in the vicinity of Historic Downtown will continue and remain in place until the threat of flooding is finally past and clear.  The area remains closed to the public and all property owners in the vicinity have been advised of current situation.

Localized flooding has occurred at the Brookside Motel (11th Avenue N.) from the high levels of Hospital Creek. The owner has been provided sandbags to mitigate prospective damage.

The Kicking Horse River Gauge at the Highway 95 Bridge rose to the 85 foot level at 4:30 a.m. MDT where it stabilized and has slowly fallen to the 84 foot level. The short-term weather forecast is favourable, as the immediate Kicking Horse River flooding concern in the Town of Golden boundaries has passed.

Variables in the situation remain weather conditions and the freezing level in the mountains between Field and Golden. The recent medium-term forecast (48 – 72 hours) provided by the PREOC is unfavouable. A general drying trend will be followed with potential for significant rainfall and higher freezing levels upriver of Golden, resulting in increasing flows by Saturday June 9.

The Golden and Area Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has reverted to Response Activation Level 1, which means the situation can be managed within Golden by normal operational means.

The Provincial Regional Emergency Operations Centre (PREOC) in Nelson and the Provincial Emergency Coordination Centre (PECC) in Victoria are both at appropriate Response Activation Levels. Each is providing necessary support, including timely and detailed meteorological products.

The next public update will be provided at approximately 6 p.m. MDT, or immediately if the threat changes.