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RDKB cancels States of Local Emergency — snowpack remains above seasonal average

This is great news as RDKB Chair Grace McGregor happily signing documents to CANCEL States of Local Emergency. — Photo courtesy RDKB Twitter

The Boundary region appears to have dodge a flooding bullet, for now, prompting the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Emergency Operations Centre to cancel the States of Local Emergency.

“River and stream levels in the Boundary forecasts downgraded significantly (Saturday) morning . . ..River levels expected to be well below last weekend's levels,” the RDKB media release said.

“Although the predicted floods will not happen this weekend, spring melt and runoff is not over. Snowpack at high elevations remain well above seasonal averages.

RDKB issues EVACUATION ALERT for Manly Meadows Area

The area of Manly Meadows Evacuation Alert area is circleed in orange.

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary issued an Evacuation Alert for Manly Meadows Area.

The RDKB said the alert is being issued due to the potential for a second spike in flooding from the Kettle River in the Manly Meadows Area.

"Predictions are that the water level could exceed those experienced on Saturday, May 6," the media release said.

"Your property is on alert due to concerns associated with responders and resident’s safety considering the potential loss of road access to your property if water levels rise."

Teck sells Waneta interests to Fortis for $1.2 billion

Teck sells Waneta interests to Fortis for $1.2 billion

Fortis Inc. ("Fortis"), (TSX/NYSE:FTS) and Teck Resources Limited (“Teck”), (TSX: TECK.A and TECK.B, NYSE: TECK) today announced an agreement under which Fortis will purchase Teck’s two-thirds interest in the Waneta Dam and related transmission assets in British Columbia, Canada, for $1.2 billion cash.

RDKB urges public to be aware when dealing with flood water

The image shows the power of flood water.

The Boundary region is not out of the woods yet in regards to flooding in the region.

Which is why the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary is urging citizens to be aware when dealing with flood water.

The RDCK on its Twitter account is advising the public not to ever try to walk or drive through flood water.

"Six inches can carrry or knock over an adult and 12 inches of fast moving water can carry away a small car."

The RDKB is urging public to respect the power of flood water and use extreme caution.

Avoid driving in flooded areas and respect the power of water, ICBC advises

Be prepared and plan out an alternative route in case the road you want to use is closed.

With the threat of more flooding in parts of B.C. this week, ICBC is urging drivers to be cautious in and around flooded areas.

ICBC recommends finding a safe location on high ground for the temporary storage of vehicles and seasonal vehicles such as motor homes, trailers or snowmobiles located in low-lying areas that may be subject to flooding.

Customers must ensure that vehicles are properly licensed and insured before they're operated on any road or highway. Customers can purchase temporary operation permits from any Autoplan broker.

Village of Salmo Adopts 2017 Budget and Tax Bylaw

Residents of Salmo will see a two percent increase in property taxes.

Salmo Mayor Stephen White and council passed the tax and budget bylaw for the Village during Tuesday's regular meeting that has taxpayers see a two percent increase in taxes for the upcoming year.

The 2017 budget and property tax bylaw came following months of public meetings in the Village of Salmo.

“We are very pleased to have kept taxes low, while budgeting for significant infrastructure and community upgrades,” Mayor White said Thursday in a media release.

UPDATED: Environment Canada ends Severe Thunderstorm Watch

People are asked to keep away from creek and river banks as the expected increase in precipitation should see a rise in flows. — The Nelson Daily photo

Environment Canada ended its Severe Thunderstorm Watch as of Thursday afternoon for most of the Southern Interior.

However, regions can still expect the risk of thunderstorms and snow at higher elevations as an unsettled weather pattern continues to grip the region.

As for people travelling highways in the province, spring weather can make conditions in B.C. unpredictable, particularly through high mountain passes.

The public should be prepared and be aware that winter tires and chains may still be needed.

Larson, Conroy, Mungall re-elected as MLAs

BC Liberal Linda Larson is heading back to Victoria to represent Boundary-Similkameen.

On a night when Christy Clark and the BC Liberals were able to hold on to power, albeit, a minority government, not much changed in the BC Interior as most of the incumbents won return trips to represent their respective ridings in the BC Legislature.

Michelle Mungall and Katrine Conroy of the BC NDP Party easily won their ridings in Nelson-Creston and Kootenay West, respectively, while Linda Larson of the BC Liberal Party is back to represent Boundary-Similkameen.

Students vote in NDP by wide margin

More than 170,000 elementary and high school students participated in the Student Vote program for the 2017 B.C. election.

If students voted in Tuesday’s BC Election, the NDP would be looking for space for all its members after the party garnered 60 seats in the Student Vote program.

The NDP won 60 seats to 14 for the Green Party and 12 for the BC Liberals.

There was one Independent candidate elected.

"More than 170,000 elementary and high school students participated in the Student Vote program for the 2017 B.C. election,” said Dan Allan Director of Contentfor CIVIX Canada in a media release Tuesday.

COLUMN: Work less, live better, do better

A worker who could benefit from working fewer hours

In 1926, U.S. automaker Henry Ford reduced his employees’ workweek from six eight-hour days to five, with no pay cuts. It’s something workers and labour unions had been calling for, and it followed previous reductions in work schedules that had been as high as 84 to 100 hours over seven days a week.

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