Boundary Region Flood & Geohazard Risk Assessment - Public

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Welcome!

This website provides information about our current project to better understand and address flood and geohazard risk in the Boundary region. This is a first step to enable decision-makers to focus efforts on developing modern flood hazard maps for the region. Hazard maps are a foundational tool to develop mitigation strategies.

The project study area includes Electoral Areas C, D, and E of the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary. It does not include the Village of Midway and the cities of Greenwood and Grand Forks, as those municipalities are part of separate flood mapping initiatives.

The overall goal for

Welcome!

This website provides information about our current project to better understand and address flood and geohazard risk in the Boundary region. This is a first step to enable decision-makers to focus efforts on developing modern flood hazard maps for the region. Hazard maps are a foundational tool to develop mitigation strategies.

The project study area includes Electoral Areas C, D, and E of the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary. It does not include the Village of Midway and the cities of Greenwood and Grand Forks, as those municipalities are part of separate flood mapping initiatives.

The overall goal for the project is to equip the RDKB with a better understanding of flood and geohazard risk in the Boundary area. The objectives are to:

  1. Outline areas that are susceptible to flood and geohazards.
  2. Identify assets that are valuable to the community and that are in the way of these hazards.
  3. Engage with a range of community stakeholders and build community resilience.
  4. Assess relative risk to support the development of detailed flood maps and emergency management plans.

Explore this website to learn more and share your thoughts!

  • Find a primer on the project, with a brief overview of our approach, under "Documents"
  • Upload your photos and information about past flood impacts under "Maps"
  • Make a project-related inquiry under "Questions"
  • Review a selection of relevant background websites, reports, and maps under "Background"

Find out more about RDKB disaster and emergency management at: emergency.rdkb.com

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Local governments within urban areas of the RDKB have put significant effort in recent years to understand and mitigate floods. This project takes a broader view with a focus on small communities and rural zones within Electoral Areas C, D, and E (the Boundary region of the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary). The project area is shown with orange outlines.

The majority of the project area occurs within the Kettle River watershed, shown in dark purple. This transboundary watershed originates in BC, then it meanders south to the US prior to reaching Grand Forks, and flows back south at Christina Lake. A small portion in the southwest corner of the project area is located within the Okanagan watershed.

Your photos of recent and historical flood and geohazard related impacts can be insightful for the project team. Example photos can include:

  • A high river bank during a flood 
  • Water ponding on a property following a flood
  • A hillslope failure after a heavy rain event
  • Signs of channel erosion

The photos can help the project team answer questions such as "How have the hillslopes and river channel systems changed over time?", "When and where have significant events occurred?", and "What assets have these events impacted?

Please use this mapping tool to upload photos you would like to share. Drop a pin at the location the photo was taken, and provide the following in the comment box:

  • Location
  • Purpose of photo (what is being shown?)
  • Date 
  • Photographer's name

Your help is appreciated!