Repairs continue as B.C. rivers recede

Flood warning and high streamflow advisories end, thunderstorm warning for Prince George area

Repair work on severe washout of Highway 3A near Creston.

Work crews continue to rebuild washed-out and flooded roads in southeastern B.C. as rivers and creeks recede below dangerous levels.

The B.C. River Forecast Centre downgraded its flood warning on the Elk River at Fernie to a flood watch over the weekend, as 80 families in the East Kootenay community of Hosmer were allowed to return home after and evacuation order along the river.

High streamflow advisories were ended for the Kicking Horse River and other rivers in the West and East Kootenay and Columbia regions.

The Trans-Canada Highway reopened to passenger vehicles only between Golden and Banff Monday, but remained closed east of Banff because of multiple washouts in Alberta.

Highway 93 was open to single-lane alternating traffic between Fort Steele and Wasa and also between Radium and Castle Junction as repairs to washouts continued.

Prince George area residents, meanwhile, were bracing for a replay of severe thunderstorms that wreaked havoc from the Kootenays across southern Alberta. Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Prince George, warning of possible hail, heavy rain and high winds.

On Mission Creek in the Kelowna area, a local state of emergency allowed the transportation ministry to demolish a vacant house near the rain-swollen creek to keep it from washing away and damaging a bridge on Highway 23.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Slow melt at high elevations near Revelstoke this spring

At one location on Mt. Fidelity there is double the usual snowpack for early July

Summerland Ornamental Gardens remain closed

Staff and volunteers continue to weed and maintain plants

Canada’s deficit result of investing in Canadians: Minister of Middle-Class Prosperity

Minister Mona Fortier said the government is working on the next steps as the economy restarts

From baseball stars to forest fires: Southeast Fire Centre water bomber has an interesting past

Tanker 489 is stationed in Castlegar this year, but in the 1960s it belonged to the L.A. Dodgers.

Morning Start: Naps could save your life

Your morning start for Wednesday, July 9, 2020

B.C. sees 25 new COVID-19 cases, community exposure tracked

One death, outbreaks remain in two long-term care facilities

VIDEO: Vancouver Island cat missing 18 months reunited with family

Blue the cat found at Victoria museum 17 kilometres from home

COVID-19 cases identified in Kelowna, after public gatherings

Those who were downtown or at the waterfront from June 25 to July 6 maybe have been exposed to COVID-19.

VIDEO: Alberta man rescues baby eagle believed to be drowning in East Kootenay lake

Brett Bacon was boating on a lake in Windermere when he spotted the baby eagle struggling in the water

Summerland Blossom Youth Ambassador Program to hold coronation

Event will be held by video as a result of COVID-19 precautions

Vernon shutterbugs capture rainbow

A rain event July 9 made way for a glorious sight

Pooch abandoned at Penticton doggy daycare suffered from oral disease

A fundraiser for Okie held by the BC SPCA surpassed its goal of $1,700

Couple shaken up after homophobic encounter at Kelowna mall

‘We’re not in the States; we’re not in some little hick town; we’re in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. And it still happens’

Summerland to allow in-person attendance at July 13 council meetings

Two meetings will be held at Summerland Arena Banquet Room to accommodate public

Most Read