Update 11:30 am
The City of Armstrong has declared a local state of emergency due to the hot weather and coming rain.
City Emergency Program Coordinator Warren Smith tells CJIB News there’s been a fair amount of ground water saturation since low level snow has melted.
It’s expected the current weather is going to affect the mid-mountain areas.
“At approximately the 1500 metre mark where there still is a significant amount of snow up there. Right now we’re seeing the snow pillow that’s sitting at approximately 152 per cent which is nearing record levels.”
And that is having an effect on the city’s two creeks.
The city reminds residents they can get sandbags for their own properties at the Public Works Yard and at Bridge and Pleasant Valley Road.
The City of Armstrong has declared a state of local emergency due to the predicted mid mountain temperatures that are expected to hit the low twenties, combined with valley bottom soil saturation and current creek levels.
The city released a statement saying it is also watching the anticipated low pressure system that is predicted to pass through the valley Saturday and Sunday.
Concerns exist regarding how much rain this system holds and the impact it could have when combined with the rapid snow melt.
Declaring a State of Emergency, will allow the City to conduct advanced mitigation work on the City’s two creeks.
The City of Armstrong would like to remind residents 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.
Residents whose homes are impacted by creek flooding should call City Hall 250-546-3023.