Keremeos declares State of Local Emergency

Rising water in the Similkameen River and creeks and tributaries prompted Keremeos to declare

The Village of Keremeos has official declared a State of Local Emergency.

The declaration means that provincial resources can be used to help mitigate flooding. Keremeos Mayor Manfred Bauer told the Review the declaration means an accounting number is assigned to the village and any work done for flood relief should be covered by the province.

“By declaring that (State of Local Emergency) we have access to provincial funds. When we have to do precautionary measures, like building berms, getting sandbags, helping people out of their driveways, we will be reimbursed,” he said.

Related: ‘Be calm, but be prepared’

There are currently no evacuations alerts or orders issued for any homes in Keremeos.

Three mobile home parks and eight residences in Area G mainly between Highway 3 and the Similkameen River along with eight other properties on the highway and 10th Avenue received evacuation alert notices Wed., May 9.

Two homes have been evacuated about 30 kilometers downstream from Keremeos in Chopaka. The residents were evacuated Tuesday when the Similkameen River rose faster than anticipated.

The Similkameen River is flowing high and fast and is expected to for the near future. Residents are urged to stay away from the river’s edge and the edges of creeks as erosion is often not seen and can result in banks falling in and anyone that is on top of them.

Please contact the Village Office at 250-499-2711 immediately if you see running water where it shouldn’t be.

Just Posted

Penticton man apprehended with stolen vehicle after ramming police vehicles

He is charged with dangerous driving, possessing stolen property, assaulting police with a weapon

Summerland driver facing charges of operating a motor vehicle while prohibited

The driver was involved in a two-vehicle collision on Hwy. 97 on Jan. 22

Summerland cancels Wednesday garbage collection

Crews are digging out after yesterday’s heavy snowfall

Summerland council to revisit carriage house bylaw

Public hearing on Jan. 28 will consider amendments to regulations.

Team Kripps finishes in fourth place

Canadian bobsleigh team misses podium in Igls, Austria

Canada’s archive buys rare book that hints at Nazi plans for North America

The 1944 book may have served as a blueprint for a Nazi purge

47 men arrested by Vancouver police for allegedly seeking sex with teenage girls

Seven of those arrested have been charged as part of a two-month operation

B.C. hospital apologizes for veteran’s five-day hallway stay

Clinical director of Victoria General Hospital says case of retired veteran ‘definitely excessive’

Speaker Darryl Plecas says ‘justice’ needed for legislature employees

Plecas spoke to media at the opening of a pedestrian and cycling bridge in Abbotsford Wednesday

Advocate hopes B.C. legislature scandal leads to more transparency

‘Depressing’ that it takes a scandal to inspire freedom of information reform, says Sara Neuert

‘Dr. Lipjob’ avoids jail, gets 30-day suspended sentence

She will have to serve the 30 days in prison if she commits a breach during her two-year’s probation

UPDATE: Police watchdog heads to Kelowna for officer involved shooting

RCMP are surrounding the CIBC at the mall in Kelowna

Ex-Mountie involved in Taser death at Vancouver airport sues government

Kwesi Millington claims he acted in accordance with RCMP training

B.C. company fights court order to allow public access to Nicola Valley lakes

Legal battle between fish and game club, cattle firms takes another twist

Most Read