RDEK establishes self-fill sandbag stations as snow melt continues

The sandbag stations have sand and bags; however, residents need to bring their own shovels and gloves.

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Yellow sandbag location sign.

Sandbag stations have been set up in several locations in the East Kootenay area. — Photo courtesy Generic web

With the arrival of warmer temperatures, the low-elevation snow is quickly disappearing and the RDEK is encouraging residents in flood-prone areas to take steps now to be aware and prepare.

“It is important for people to protect their homes and properties early,” stresses Protective Services Supervisor Terry Balan. “We have established numerous sandbag stations around the region and they are available to anyone wanting to be proactive in sandbagging on their properties.”

Sandbag stations are located at Cranbrook Public Works Yard, Jaffray Community Centre, The Hoz parking lot in Hosmer, Fairmont Transfer Station, Windermere Fire Hall parking lot, and Edgewater Library (between the library and old credit union). The sandbag stations have sand and bags; however, residents need to bring their own shovels and gloves. Sandbags should be filled 1⁄2 to 3⁄4 full with the ends folded over for best compaction and effectiveness when placing them.

“Preparation and prevention are key. Residents who are concerned that they may be impacted by high water levels should take steps now to prepare themselves,” adds Balan. “At the emergency management level, we are working cooperatively with all the municipalities and First Nations in the East Kootenay and are ready to provide support should it be required as we head into the spring freshet.”

In cases of localized flooding or high-water, the primary responsibility for protection of property lies with the property owner. The RDEK has a seasonal flooding newsletter with helpful tips along with links to other flood-related information on its website at www.rdek.bc.ca.

Residents who see, or are experiencing, wide-scale flooding are encouraged to report it to the Provincial Emergency Coordination Centre at 1-800-663-3456. This is the fastest and most effective way to activate local emergency management personnel.

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