Sandbags are being placed around properties in Lumby Saturday morning. (Lisa Mazurek/Morning Star)

UPDATE: Some Lumby residents forced to evacuate

Residents and emergency officials are filling sandbags and putting them in place as levels rise on Duteau, Harris and Bessette creeks

UPDATE: Conditions appear to be worsening in Lumby.

An evaucation order has been issued to the mobile home park on Faulkner Avenue, while an evacuation alert remains in place for all other residents living along the three creeks.

The reception centre is located at the White Valley Community Centre. Mayor Kevin Acton has issued a state of local emergency,” said Tom Kadla, chief administrative officer.

“The situation has become more problematic. The creeks have continued to rise. Three berms are being worked on by crews in holding back the rising water levels.”


Massive resources are coming together to keep flood waters back in Lumby.

Residents and emergency officials are filling sandbags and putting them in place as levels rise on Duteau, Harris and Bessette creeks.

“The community is coming together. Everyone is helping their neighbours,” said Mayor Kevin Acton.

Along with residents and local officials, Forest Service firefighters are on scene as are BX-Swan Lake firefighters.

Flooding began Friday and the water is being fed by rain and snowmelt.

“It’s an endless escalation of water and beyond our capacity,” said Acton.

“There’s no way we could have prepared for this.”

Some of the sandbag berms have been close to breaching but they are being reinforced.

Evacuation alerts were issued to residents living along Duteau, Harris and Bessette creeks and a state of emergency was declared in Lumby Saturday.

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