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Wasa readies itself for rising lake water

Sand and sandbags are being loaded and readied for delivery to Wasa as Wasa Lake continues to rise in the midst of heavy rain.

“The RDEK will be delivering sand and sandbags to the Wasa Community Hall this evening for residents to fill,” explains RDEK Information Officer, Loree Duczek.

The Lake has been rising at a rate of about 1” per hour all day and the latest forecast for today is calling for between 40mm and 60mm of rain by midnight. The nearby Kootenay River is also rising, and is creating a backflow, which is also contributing to the high water levels in the Wasa area.

Currently, three properties on the south end of the lake are being affected by flooding.

“We are encouraging residents and property owners in Wasa who are near the water to ensure valuables are moved out of basements, and take steps to prevent belongings from being affected by floodwater,” adds Duczek.

If the situation continues to worsen and anyone feels they can’t stay in their homes, they can contact Carol Lind at 250-420-1917 regarding Emergency Social Services assistance.

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