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Cranbrook on alert for possible flooding

A more abundant snowpack in the City’s watershed than past years and concerns of a quick melt mixed with rainfall has the City of Cranbrook on alert. This spring has been cooler than most and many areas of the watershed, normally without snow, still have significant amounts of it. “The possibility exists, that if all the conditions are right, some areas of the City that have seen flooding historically could see it again,” says Mayor Scott Manjak. “We are asking people to take any and all proper precautions to protect themselves and their property, including valuables, from any potential flood damage.” Residents living in basements in these historical flood areas should prepare for the possibility of relocating themselves and their belongings to higher ground. Others with valuable items in basements in these same known flooding areas may also wish to move these items to higher floors, until the flood risk has passed. It is also important to note that water, especially fast moving water, can be enticing to children and is a significant safety concern. “I ask all parents to please talk to your children about the dangers of fast moving water,” says Manjak. “It is important that everyone avoid any of the City creeks and streams until the flood risk passes.”

Residents that could be affected are advised that City staff will work through the local radio, newspapers, television and the City’s website – www.cranbrook.ca to provide the latest details.

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