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NEWS RELEASE · 25th June 2012
RDKS
STATE OF EMERGENCY – EVACUATION ORDERS AND ALERTS

A state of emergency has been declared for the Regional District Kitimat Stikine in Areas ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘E’. An Evacuation Order has been issued for the residents of Robyn Road north of Alwyn Creek. Residents must leave the area immediately. RCMP will be ensuring the area is completely vacated.

Evacuation Alerts have been issued for;

Old Remo (past Whitebottom Road turn off)

New Remo

Dutch Valley

Old Kitselas Road

Usk (North Side)

The Evacuation Order is in effect for the following areas:

Robin Road Road north of Alywn Creek.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:

You must leave the area immediately.

Follow the travel route provided and register at ESS Reception Centre at Terrace Sportsplex in room 3

If you need transportation assistance from the area please advise the individual providing this notice or call 250-515-6100

Close all windows and doors

Shut off all gas and electrical appliances, other than refrigerators and freezers

Close gates (latch) but do not lock

Gather your family: take a neighbour or someone who needs help

Take critical items (medicine, purse, wallet, and keys) only if they are immediately available. Take pets in pet kennels or on leash.

Do not use more vehicles then you have to.

Do not use the telephone unless you need emergency service.

YOU MUST LEAVE THE AREA IMMEDIATELY

An Evacuation Alert is issued to prepare you to evacuate your premises or property should it be found necessary.

Residents will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to evacuation; however you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO WHEN AN ALERT IS IN EFFECT

Upon notification of an ALERT, you should be prepared for the evacuation order by:

Locating all family members or co-workers and designate a Reception Centre outside the evacuation area, should an evacuation be called while separated.

Gathering essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (i.e. insurance), immediate care needs for dependants and, if you choose, keepsakes (photographs, etc). Have these items readily available for quick departure.

Preparing to move any disabled persons and/or children.

Moving pets and livestock to a safe area. Arranging to transport your household members or co-workers in the event of an evacuation order. If you need transportation assistance from the area please call 250-615-6100

Arranging accommodation for your family if possible. In the event of an evacuation, Reception Centres will be opened if required.

Monitoring news sources for information on evacuation orders and locations of Reception Centres.

Further information will be issued or should the situation change information will be posted at the RDKS website www.rdks.bc.ca

For more information contact: Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine at 250-615-6100.
A little late!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Comment by James Ippel on 26th June 2012
Pretty much what we can expect, the water is going down and we are put on evac alert. The water isn't even high yet-about 1 1/2 to 2 metres below the 2007 highwater mark.
So far I have had less than 1" of water in my basement, just enough to have to pull up all carpet, and maybe replace 2 pcs of drywall. This water all came thru the floor and I had no way of stopping it. Believe me I tried. Vapor barrier and a 4 inch lift of concrete, another layer of vapor barrier and a 5" lift of concrete. This was all due to the water table rising-which could have been avoided if NNC had properly cleaned out three culverts and put grates at either end of the culverts instead of cleaning one, saying, "thats good enough" and putting a beaver grate at only one end of the culvert. The beavers simply plugged the culvert from the other end proving who has the higher IQ.
The water is now receding, and I am sure we will survive once again.
Sad that precautions can'nt be taken in advance to prevent a lot of this, and when it happens the "experts" wring their hands and are a loss of what to do.
A little late
Comment by J~ on 26th June 2012
People down in Old Remo have been leaving and dealing with flooding since late Saturday night and Sunday. And only just this morning on our mailboxes is a taped notice telling them they should leave the area? thanks for the 'heads up'.