Waters receding for now

The B.C. River Forecast Centre ended the flood watch for the Kettle and Moyie rivers and a High Stream Flow Advisory for the Kootenay and Kettle region on Sunday.

According to the centre, river levels crested on Friday after heavy rainfall and have since dropped. That, along with low snowmelt rates due to the cool weather has kept the levels down.

Blair Macgregor, municipal emergency co-ordinator, said that last week sandbagging was done in various locations in the valley.

“Most of it was precautionary, other than in Greenwood where they actually had the Boundary Creek overflowing the banks.”

The main sandbagging was done in the Almond Gardens area, Johnson Flats, Darcy Road and Highway 3 near the Riviera Tent and Trailer Park

“We sent out, just in this valley here, about sixteen truckloads of sand and we’ve gone through in the neighbourhood of 15,000 sandbags,” Macgregor said. Each truckload is about nine cubic metres of sand.

He said that though he hasn’t heard of any damage, it’s hard to tell until the water recedes.

He added they’re prepared for more flooding and are waiting to see what the weather will do.

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