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Emergency officials are warning the public to remain vigilant as a second surge of water from melting snow is expected to pass through local watersheds this week.

"The flood situation is dynamic and we are expecting secondary peaks in rivers over the coming week".

Fire rescue technicians rescued over 30 people by boat in the City of Grand Forks and swam through muddy, debris-laden water to in the City of Grand Forks to ensure everyone was able to get to safety.

Evacuation alerts and orders include homes on the Kettle and Granby River floodplains, as well as homes in Christina Lake, Midway, Rock Creek, Beaverdell, Greenwood, and the Christian Valley area.

The temperature over the past three weeks has been about five degrees above normal in the Interior, and that could mean more trouble for parts of southeast B.C., Campbell said on a conference call from Victoria. Vehicles drove cautiously along Highway 3 through downtown, which remained open but under a travel advisory.

Residents are being asked to register at the Grand Forks Curling Rink located at 7230 21st St., in Grand Forks or the Midway Community Centre at 692 7th Ave., Midway, B.C.

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Flows are likely to rise Thursday overnight into early Friday, with authorities comparing water levels to those experienced in the flood year of 1948. "Water levels are 30 cm above a 200-year record, based on Kettle River Ferry gauge in the U.S.", they added.

The community of 4000 was completely underwater Friday.

"We have a lot of people who refused to leave under order and we had to put a lot of our rescue resources into going back into rescuing these people", he said.

A worst-case scenario of heavy snowpack, warm weather, and torrential rain have left entire neighbourhoods, businesses, and town centres under water and forced thousands from their homes.

The contact for the Emergency Operations Centre is 1-888-747-9119. "As we start to consider the lower Fraser (River) we're in dialogue with those communities so we can get some advance planning and communications in place".

Former Boundary Sentinel Editor/Owner Mona Mattei was travelling back from Kelowna Thursday and stopped to give Boundary Sentinel readers a look at the damage throughout the Boundary being done by Mother Nature.


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