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Evacuation alert in Kimberley lifted

Update: As water levels continue to drop, the evacuation alert for Morrison Subdivision and a section of Wallinger Avenue in Kimberley is being lifted Tuesday afternoon.

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Despite water levels dropping over the weekend, an evacuation alert is still in place for Kimberley.

Both Lois Creek and Kimberley Creek are now flowing within their channels, but rain is in the forecast for the rest of the week. The city says the alert will be reassessed daily, but will remain in place at least until Tuesday.

Kimberley Mayor Ron McRae says city crews worked through the weekend pumping standing water from the flooded Morrison Subdivision back into the channel,  as well as shoring up sandbags to help direct water in the creek.

“Their efforts, combined with the favourable weather conditions, have made a huge difference as we are seeing ground in areas that have been under water since last week.”

Wallinger Avenue and Morrison Subdivision is closed and 29 people remain in temporary lodging, they have chosen to stay out of their homes for various safety concerns.

McRae says although the water has rescinded the city is recommending that residents of Morrison Subdivision leave the sandbags in place.

"There is still a high snowpack and we cannot emphasize enough the importance of leaving those sandbags in place in the event the situation changes.”

Damage assessments are underway on those homes affected by the flooding and a representative from Emergency Management BC has arrived in Kimberley to provide information on the Province’s process as the transition is made from response to recovery.



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