Emergency Info

Flooding Update - All Areas

Situation Update: June 11, 2021 @ 7:00pm

The RDEK Emergency Operations Centre and Incident Commander have been working with Emergency Management BC, Water Stewardship BC, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and other stakeholders in response to the events going on the Fairmont area.

The Evacuation Alerts for Fairmont Creek, Spruce Grove Campground & RV Resort and the Hoodoo Mountain Resort all remain in effect. 

While the streamflows are down in Dutch Creek, with the high temperatures in the forecast and the potential for additional high-elevation snowpack, we felt it was prudent to maintain the Evacuation Alert as conditions could still rapidly change.  As a result, the Evacuation Alert is expected to remain in effect for Spruce Grove Campground & RV Resort and Hoodoo Mountain Resort until at least early next week.

The conditions on Fairmont Creek are also stable, with decreased flows and the water running much clearer. The equipment is in place and debris removal is now expected to begin next week. The Evacuation Alert will remain in place until sufficient capacity has been restored in the upper basins.  We will continue to keep you updated once debris removal is underway. 

 

Residents in all areas under Evacuation Alert should remain prepared and ready to leave on a moment’s notice should conditions worsen again.

There are three Evacuation Alerts in effect in the East Kootenay, all within the Fairmont/Dutch Creek area:

  • Spruce Grove Campground & RV Resort
  • Fairmont Creek
  • Hoodoo Mountain Resort

General Flood Info

Every resident and property owner in the East Kootenay is encouraged to sign up for the Evacuation Notification System.  To sign up for the Evacuation Notification System, click here.

Sandbag stations have been set up across the East Kootenay - visit the Flood Preparedness page for locations.


COVID-19 Emergency Info

The Provincial State of Emergency remains in effect and the response to the COVID-19 pandemic is being led by the Province.

Regional & Provincial Stats (as of 4pm, June 10, 2021)

  • 153 new cases of COVID-19 in BC (39 in Interior Health) in the past 24 hours.
  • Cases by Local Health Area. COVID-19 cases for the most recent 7-day period (May 30 to June 5). The map is updated weekly, on Wednesdays. Fernie Health Delivery Area = 2, Cranbrook Health Delivery Area = 8, Kimberley Health Delivery Area = 1 and Windermere (Columbia Valley) Health Delivery Area = 3.
  • There have been 4 new COVID-19 deaths in the province with a total of 1,729 COVID-19 deaths in the province since the beginning of the pandemic.
  • A total of 145,996 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
  • 1,910 active cases of COVID-19 in BC.
  • 176 individuals currently hospitalized in BC with COVID-19 with 49 of those in intensive care. For Health Authority specific stats visit the BCCDC COVID dashboard.
  • 142,314 people who tested positive have recovered.
  • 3,823,103 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in BC. 443,562 of these are second doses.
  • More than 72.8% of eligible British Columbians (12 years old and over) have received at least one dose.
  • The Province has released a careful, four-step Restart Plan focused on protecting people and safely getting life back to normal. Learn all about it here.
  • Watch the provincial update here.

Vaccine Registration Open to anyone 12 years of age and over. Vaccine registration is now open to anyone 12 years old and up (full news release here). If you haven't registered yet, now is the time to do it. You can register yourself or someone else, like a parent or grandparent.

Register by Phone: 1-833-838-2323 or Register Online Here
For the most up-to-date information on the Vaccine roll-out please regularly visit the Province's COVID-19 Vaccination and Immunization page as the information is constantly evolving.

COVID-19 vaccine clinics drop-In times in our region. Interior Health immunization clinics across the region (Cranbrook, Elkford, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley and Sparwood) are adding and extending hours for drop-in vaccinations. Drop-in access is for people who are 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier) who have not received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. People can arrive, register on the spot, and receive their vaccine. No advance appointments are needed. For dates, locations and times for drop-in clinics visit the Interior Health immunization clinics page. Please note: drop-in clinics are for first dose only; second dose notifications are sent by email, phone, or text when it is time to book an appointment.

Second Doses: To make sure you get notified when it’s your turn to book your second dose appointment, register with the Get Vaccinated provincial registration system here. Even if you got your first dose at a pharmacy.

BC's Restart Plan: BC's Restart is a careful, four-step plan to bring B.C. back together. Starting May 25, we can gradually begin to restart our important social connections, businesses and activities. Getting vaccinated is the most important tool supporting our restart. Everything you need to know about the next steps and details of the plan can be found here.

Testing: 4 Symptoms To Watch For / Get Tested

In BC, the majority of new cases continue to be directly connected to known, confirmed cases of COVID-19. As a result, if you are a close contact of someone with the virus or of someone who is part of a cluster or outbreak and you develop any symptoms, you should arrange to get tested immediately.

If you have not been around anyone that has COVID-19 that you are aware of, the guidance for when to get a test has been updated to make it clearer for everyone.

There are four symptoms that are highly predictive of the virus: fever or chills, cough, loss of sense of smell or taste, and difficulty breathing. If you have any of these symptoms, you should arrange to get tested right away. If you have one or two of any of the other symptoms, you can wait 24 hours. These symptoms include sore throat, loss of appetite, extreme fatigue, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. If you feel the same or worse after 24 hours, then you should also get tested. As always, if you are uncertain, contact your health provider or call 811.

 

Link to page with full details of Order and restrictions: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/restrictions

 

To view more COVID-19 resources, links and former editions of the snapshot, CLICK HERE.


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Last edited: Fri, June 11, 2021 - 7:33:39