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Did You Know : High Streamflow Advisory

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East Kootenays Under High Streamflow Advisory

JUN 2, 2017

The BC River Forecast Centre has issued a High Streamflow Advisory for the East Kootenay region.

A High Streamflow Advisory means that river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected. Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible.

The City of Fernie has closed a section of trail in James White Park due to water in that area. The portion closed is from the ball fields to the railway crossing at Mt. Mclean St. and Cokato Rd.

In the event we experience significant rainfall over the coming days, a sandbagging station has been set up at the City of Fernie Public Works Yard, 1492 Railway Avenue.

All residents are asked to please respect signage and exercise caution around fast-moving water.

ALSO,

James White Park Trail Closure

JUN 1, 2017

A section of trail in James White Park is closed due to high water levels.

Signage is in place noting the trail closure from the ball diamonds to the railway crossing (at Mt. Maclean St. and Cokato).

Thank you for respecting the signage and not accessing the trail at this time.

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Upcoming Event : Our River Rocks – Elk River Festival

elk River alliance - elk river festival poster

The Elk River Alliance Photo Contest

Elk River Alliance Photo Contest

The Elk River Alliance is doing a photo contest with submissions from community members and tourists enjoying the Elk River. We are planning on doing a slide show and a selection of the winner at the Elk River Festival, “Our River Rocks!” on September 26th. The purpose of the contest is to share appreciation of the Elk River and raise awareness of what organizations and companies are doing to keep the Elk river beautiful and healthy.

Make sure to use the hashtag ‪#‎myelkriver‬

On The Web : Elk River Alliance’s 5 Things To Know Before You Float

Elk River Alliance - 5 things to know before you float the elk river in Fernie

Some good tips for floating the Elk River in Fernie, BC on elkriverallliance.ca.

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SUP Race On Elk River

SUP Stand Up Paddle Board River Race by Mountain High

From The Elk River Alliance

elk river alliance - do not build weirs

Apparently those adorable rock walls built along the river are bad. Who knew?! I didn’t. There’s one along the river in James White Park, by the baseball fields and I guess the weirs make it harder for the fish to spawn.

It’s a lot like how they say feeding ducks bread is bad. I didn’t know! Although, I don’t think feeding any wild animals is good, including the ants in our backyard. If only my children understood about leaving food in random places.

15 Brilliant Ways To Beat The Fernie Heat

Beat The Fernie Heat - Slow Cooker and other ideas

1. Splash Park at Fernie Aquatic Centre – The splash park is good but there is very little shade. I suggest using it as a quick stop rather than a picnic and hang out spot. Plus, it’s good for ages 0-137.

2. James White Park Elk River beach or anywhere along the river – The best part about the Elk River is that the water is cold and on a hot day that’s exactly the right temperature.

3. Float the Elk River – For similar reasons to #2, the river is cold and you want to be on it or in it. Get a boat, paddle and a cold beverage, or two, and everything will be alright.

4. Cold EatsHappy Cow (hwy 3), Sweet Shoppe (2nd Ave), Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (2nd Ave) all offer cold treats like ice cream or frozen yogurt or popsicles etc. That might be just what you need. I also recommend the smoothies whipped up at Mugshots or Lunch Box (both downtown).

5. Hot Drinks – Some people enjoy a hot drink on a hot day. Infinitea (downtown Fernie) has a thick book of drinks that you can sip on from tea to coffee to Crabbies Ginger Beer! Of course, there’s also Freshies, Mugshots, Loaf or Beanpod. I hear The Valley Social is going to be serving coffee at the market in West Fernie. West Fernie is becoming a bit of a food/drink truck hot spot!

6. My Basement or any other basement – Our basement is like entering Narnia before the kids defeated the White Witch. Spoiler alert? It’s important to note Fernie Heritage Library has a basement (it’s also important to note that the library is closed on Mondays.)

7. A big beautiful tree – Shade is your friend. Grab a blanket, something hot or cold (depends on what your weapon of choice is) and, hopefully, a good book. That’s what I would be doing…perhaps I’d be under one of those big trees in the Annex Park. Yes.

8. Slow Cooker Meals – The slow cooker is your friend on hot days. No one wants to sit in a hot kitchen with the oven and/or stove on in 35 degree weather. NOPE. Get that little thing cooking for you all day long and you get to go out and do any of the above or below instead. I’d also recommend ordering Elk Valley Pizza because that’s a pretty easy idea too or, as a friend recommended, some ribs from Back Country Meats.

9. Clothes Line – You turn that heat into your own free dryer and it will work faster than your dryer on a 35 degree day, too. Brina 1 vs Sun 0.

10. Close Those Blinds and Curtains – This is slightly too obvious but I don’t believe we’ll be opening our blinds or curtains until October and we’ll be better off for it.

11. As mentioned earlier today, Loon Lake – What a fantastic spot which offers plenty of #7. I would recommend just going for the morning since it’s only a 40 minute drive away and you’ll get out there before the hottest part of the day. You could also go to any of the other beaches around Lake Koocanusa but I wouldn’t go to Surveyors at Kikomun Creek Provincial Park without an umbrella or some sort of portable shelter. 3&93 is also on the way home…in case you forgot.

12. Drink water. Heat stroke and dehydration is serious business.

13. Catch a matinee at Vogue Theatre – Jurassic World and Inside Out is playing at our local theatre at 3 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Not a bad idea!

14. Grocery Shopping – I was grocery shopping with my two kids one day last summer on a particularly hot day and this man came up to me and said “I used to do that with my kids, too. It’s the coldest place in town and they can just run around.” So true!

15. Time For A Siesta – When it’s too hot for #1 through 14, you nap.

There you have it. I’m sure there are more things you can do in Fernie to help survive a heatwave. Do you do anything special to beat the heat?