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Recent heavy rain, warm temperatures prompt flood concerns in parts of B.C.

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Monday, March 10, 2014, 12:43 PM -

Flood concerns are rising in B.C.'s East Kootenay region as recent heavy rain and warming temperatures are melting away large mounds of snow.

Sandbagging is underway in Cranbrook, Fernie and most of the Elk Valley, with several properties in the region threatened by rising waters.

“Right now every available staff member with our Public Works department and every piece of available equipment are out there working,” Chris Zettel, Communications Officer for the City of Cranbrook told BC Local News over the weekend. “In fact, Public Works has had to bring in several rented pieces of equipment to help. We will continue to monitor the situation over the next number of days and keep the public updated.”

No advisories or warnings have been posted by the River Forecast Centre, but residents are being urged to stay away from waterways, including Gold and Joseph creeks, as the water is running fast and high.

For those looking to protect their homes, sandbags are available at some locations in Cranbrook and Fernie.

Hundreds of sandbags were filled on Sunday and crews continue to fill more Monday.

With files from The Canadian Press

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