Armstrong lifts state of emergency

Armstrong lifts state of emergency

City struggled with early flooding; creek waters rescinding

UPDATED TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 1:35 p.m.: The state of emergency for City of Armstrong is officially lifted.

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UPDATED TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 8:15 a.m.: The state of emergency in the City of Armstrong is expected to be lifted Tuesday morning, likely around 9 a.m.

Meighan Creek has come down considerably since Thursday’s severe rainstorm. Mayor Chris Pieper said the city will continue to monitor culverts and “anything in the creeks causing flooding.”

“We can’t do anything physically in the creek (like dredging) because it’s too muddy and that will only cause bigger problems,” said Pieper.

ORIGINAL

A State of Local Emergency Order remains in place for the City of Armstrong.

Over the weekend city crews implemented mitigation measures by placing diversions at culvert intakes.

“These actions, along with a positive change in weather conditions, greatly decreased flood concerns,” said Warren Smith, emergency program coordinator.

See related: Armstrong declares state of emergency

Staff continue to work with Emergency Management BC through which the province is providing assistance to Armstrong.

The city asks residents to use caution around creeks as fast moving water may cause erosion and instability of bank edges.

Residents are also reminded that they are responsible for protecting their buildings and properties from flooding. Sand and bags are currently available for self-filling, at no cost, at the Public Works Yard located at 2950 Patterson Avenue and at the corner of Bridge Street and Okanagan Blvd.

Residents whose homes are impacted by the Meighan Creek flooding event should call City Hall 250-546-3023.


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