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Flood threat continues for the Kootenay region


Flood threat remains high in parts of BC
Flood threat remains high in parts of BC

Staff writers

July 11, 2012 — The flood threat continues for BC's Kootenay region, while concerns are easing in other parts of the province.

Alerts have also been dropped for several riverside properties in Enderby
Alerts have also been dropped for several riverside properties in Enderby

High streamflow advisories have been issued for the Kootenay, Kicking Horse and Illecillewaet rivers in the Columbia region.

According to the BC River Forecast Centre, recent warm and even record breaking temperatures have lead to increased snow melt rates from high elevation snow packs. As a result, water levels are rising across some river systems.

Meanwhile, after several weeks, evacuation alerts have finally been lifted along the Shuswap River from Sugar to Mara Lakes in the North Okanagan.

Officials say the transition to drier conditions this week has improved river conditions and water levels have started to recede.

Flooding last month forced some residents out of their homes and lead to significant structural damage in communities like Sicamous. Justice Minister Shirley Bond said the government is working on recovery plans with communities affected by floods.

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