British Columbia

Kimberley, B.C. homes face flood threat

The City of Kimberley, has issued an evacuation alert for 40 houses along Kimberley Creek, where water rose almost 30 centimeters overnight due to heavy rain.

The City of Kimberley, B.C, is warning people living in 40 houses along Kimberley Creek to be ready to leave their homes.

An evacuation alert was been issued for the Morrison Subdivision and part of Wallinger Avenue on Wednesday after Kimberley Creek rose almost 30 centimetres overnight due to heavy rain.

David Biggs, whose home is among those on evacuation alert, said some of his neighbours have as much as a metre of water in their basements.

"I think it was partly the snow load. Partly the fact it got warm quickly. We had heavy thunderstorms that just magnified everything," said Biggs. 

Emergency personnel are helping people with mobility or medical issues leave their homes immediately.

"City crews are sandbagging, pumping and diking around the clock. We have four pumps and one fire truck pumping steady and are redirecting water where we can. We also have a vacuum truck ensuring the storm water system remains clear," explains Kimberley Mayor Ron McRae in a release issued Wednesday morning.

"We have a number of volunteers out helping and just received 4,000 additional sandbags."

Staff said water levels dropped slightly Wednesday morning, and officials continue to keep a close eye on the creek.