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UPDATE: Christina Lake residents able to return home following flood

Christina Lake properties were evacuated April 26, 2021 due to flooding.
April 27, 2021 - 4:31 PM

Christina Lake residents are returning to their homes after they were evacuated this week due to a flood.

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Emergency Operations Centre lifted evacuation orders for three homes in the Fife Road area on the east side of Christina Lake this afternoon, April 27.

Residents have been out of their homes since the early April 25 when debris blocking a creek at higher elevation gave way sending a torrent of water, mud and debris toward the three homes.

“We’re continuing to work on removing the debris in the creek so that flows are unimpeded, and the local state of emergency will remain in place for a few days to allow us to work with provincial government staff to complete that work,” said Mark Stephens, director of the emergency centre, in a press release.

The regional district continues to monitor all creeks and rivers and track B.C. River Forecast Centre and Environment Canada weather information.

The emergency operations centre is activate and prepared for any ongoing emergency response that may be required.

The regional district warns residents to stay away from the edges of watercourses during the annual freshet and asks them to report erosion and flooding to the Provincial Emergency Coordination Centre at 1-800-663-3456.

For more information about snow and river levels, how to prepare for the 2021 freshet, and to register for the RDKB emergency alerting system visit the district's website here.

— This story was updated at 4:25 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, 2021 to say the evacuation orders had been lifted.

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