Elkford Declares a State of Local Emergency

Elkford Declares a State of Local Emergency
Elkford, British Columbia, June 20, 2013 20:50 pm

A State of Local Emergency has been declared in Elkford, as a result of over 130 mm of rainfall in the previous 24 hours, causing a rise in the level of the Elk River and Boivin Creek.

The Elk River has crested over the dike south of the Elk River Bridge on the Fording River Highway and is flooding along the east side of Highway 43. The Elk River Forest Service Road north of Elkford has also been washed out. Continued monitoring of the bridges along the Elk River and Boivin Creek will continue overnight. Appropriate detours will be established as required and an evacuation order has been issued for areas affected.

Environment Canada officials have advised that a further 40 – 60 mm of rain is expected over the next 24 hours.

Elkford residents are being asked to stay away from rivers, creeks and bridges until deemed safe.

Further updates will be provided as information becomes available.

For more information, visit: www.elkford.ca

Contact:
CURTIS HELGESEN
Chief Administrative Officer District of Elkford
Box 340 816 Michel Road Elkford, BC V0B 1H0
Phone: 250.865.4000
Direct Line: 250.865.4004
Cell: 250.910.4004
www.elkford.ca