RDEK

The RDEK Board of Directors has approved $100,000 in funding through the Electoral Area A portion of the Elk Valley Mine Tax Sharing Funds to support the installation of a temporary bridge over Morrissey Creek and restore access to the Morrissey and Coal Creek Areas.

The RDEK Electoral Area Housing Needs Report will be presented to the community during an  information session next week. 

“We are excited to be able to share the key findings from the Housing Needs Report, talk about  some of the trends observed across the region and answer questions from attendees,” explains  Planning Coordinator, Karen MacLeod.  

An Evacuation Alert has been issued for 11 properties in Hosmer after Mine Creek surged again this afternoon.

Fernie Search and Rescue on a flood-related rescue on Cokato Road, November 15, 2021.

Cokato Road remains closed between the 4500 block and Morrissey due to flooding and muddy debris in more than one location.

Following several months of engagement, a new report has been released summarizing the results of the consultation for the Regional District of East Kootenay’s Housing Needs Assessment.

After being closed since spring of 2020, the RDEK’s Reuse Centres are set to open in early July. 

“These centres are extremely popular with the public and I know people have been eager to see them reopened,” says Environmental Services Manager Kevin Paterson. “We are looking to the public to help us ensure we are able to keep them open by obeying the rules of operation, continuing to follow public health advice as posted and listening to any direction provided by site staff.” 

The RDEK is reminding residents about the need to be cautious around all waterways and prepared in the event of seasonal flooding as the warm temperatures this week have resulted in melting of the higher elevation snowpack. 

“We are expecting to see water levels rise as the high-elevation snowpack melts,” says Information Officer, Loree Duczek. “We encourage everyone to stay clear of creek banks and rivers during this spring run-off and urge anyone who lives in an area prone to seasonal flooding to take steps to protect their properties.” 

With spring in the air, many people will be heading outside to do spring clean up around their homes and properties and the RDEK is urging residents doing any spring burning to use caution.

“Anyone doing spring burning must make sure they are taking steps to be prepared by having a water source, shovel or tools, burning when it’s not windy and staying on site monitoring the fire until it is completely out,” says Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Chief Jim Miller.

Starting in May, the sale of fireworks will be prohibited in the rural parts of the RDEK, one month later than originally proposed.