Fairmont Creek Evacuation Alert Rescinded

Effective at Noon today (June 26, 2020) the Evacuation Alert for Fairmont Creek in Fairmont has been rescinded.

Residents along Fairmont Creek were evacuated on May 31 following a major debris flow event; however, they were able to return home June 2nd and the Evacuation Alert has been in place ever since.

“While the debris removal work continues on Fairmont Creek, we have now regained enough capacity within the system that we can lift the Alert,” says Information Officer Loree Duczek.

The debris flow event, the second largest in recorded history in Fairmont, was caused by a rain-on-snow event over the May 30th weekend that hit on the heels of the hottest five days of 2020.  “We had debris flows in both Fairmont Creek and Cold Spring Creek and it has been staggering to see how much material came down,” says Duczek. “In the past 27 days, over 3,600 dump truck loads of debris have been removed in Fairmont. To put that in perspective, lined up end-to-end, those dump trucks would stretch from Fairmont Fire Hall to the Fire Valley Café in Canal Flats.”

Although the Evacuation Alert has been lifted, the work in Fairmont continues. The RDEK anticipates it will be at least another week or so to complete debris removal in the upper debris traps on Fairmont Creek.  Additional debris removal and repair work will continue on both creeks throughout the summer.

“I would like to thank everyone who has been working so hard since May 31 to get us to where we are today. I know there is still much work to be done, but it is encouraging to be at a point where we can lift the Alert,” says RDEK Area F Director Susan Clovechok.

The State of Local Emergency remains in place.

For the latest status on local flooding, the COVID-19 response or emergency preparedness information, visit the Emergency Info page at http://www.rdek.bc.ca.