RDCK activates Emergency Operations Centre â€” Deer Park Road Closed
Heavy water flow forced the closure of the Deer Park Forestry Service Road northwest of Castlegar said the Regional District of Central Kootenay in a media release Tuesday.
The heavy water flow caused part of the road to slide into the lake at kilometre 7.2. The road has been deemed unsafe for travel by a geotechnical expert.
“We expect the road to be closed for at least the next couple of days,” said Andrew Bellerby, EOC Director and General Manager of Fire and Emergency Services.
“We are determining the needs of the community and what we can do to assist residents of Deer Park.”
Eighteen full time residents of Deer Park are affected by the closure, as are property owners in Renata.
Once the road has been fixed and declared safe for travel, the RDCK will update the public.
RDCK activates Emergency Operations Centre
On the first day of spring, the Regional District of Central Kootenay is not taking any chances, activating its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) due to numerous small flood and slide events throughout the district.
“Public safety is the RDCK’s number one priority,” said Andrew Bellerby, EOC Director and General Manager of Fire and Emergency Services in a media release Monday.
“The RDCK is ready to assist our residents in case of emergency, if needed.”
Warmer weather mixed his high amounts of precipitation during the weekend has triggered a few mudslides on area highways during the weekend.
Monday evening DriveBC reported single alternating traffic at slides on Highway 3 10 kilometers west of Creston.
There were also mudslides Sunday on Highway 31 near Coffee Creek Bridge and south of New Denver on Highway 6.
Following a few days of sunny weather, Environment Canada is forecasting rain, turning to snow at higher elevations, for the next few days. The RDCK is asking residents to remain on alert for signs of flooding or slides.
Residents are also encouraged to read the debris flow brochure available on the RDCK website.
To report any debris indicators or hazards, or in the event of an emergency, residents can call the 24-hour provincial Emergency Coordination Centre toll-free number at 1-800-663-3456.
For sand and sandbags, homeowners can contact their local Emergency Program Coordinator:
Alanna Garrett (Areas A, B, C, Creston) 250-254-8255
Terry Warren (Areas H, K, Nakusp) 250-265-1920
Nora Hannon (Areas D, E, F, I, J, Kaslo and Nelson) 250-551-0917
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