Rainfall prompts flood watch warning for Nelson area

River levels in Salmo and Slocan are of particular concern in the local area.

BC River Forecast Centre issued a Flood Watch warning Wednesday.

The continued rainfall prompted the centre to elevate the level of warning, after issuing a high streamflow warning Monday.

River levels in Salmo and Slocan are of particular concern in the local area.

In response to the elevated warning, the RDCK activated its Emergency Operations Centre Level 2 status to support residents that may have to be evacuated from their homes if flooding occurs.

A press release from the RDCK reminds residents that sandbags can be picked up from outside the entrance of local fire halls, but requested property owners use them sparingly to ensure there’s enough for everyone.

The release also encouraged people to avoid going near streams and channels during or after heavy rain and suggested they be ready to evacuate on short notice.

“A sudden increase or decrease in stream flows, a rapid chance in stream colour, or sounds of rumbling rocks or falling trees may indicate the need to evacuate,” the release said.

If you notice signs of river flooding, call the Provincial Emergancy Program 24-hour response line at 1-800-663-3456.