Keremeos State of Local Emergency Rescinded

The State of Local Emergency for Keremeos was rescinded yesterday, June 7, 2018. Groundwater throughout low lying areas of Keremeos has receded and the sewer treatment has been running without additional pumps for several days.


The return to normal operations includes:

  • Reopening of the dog park
  • Sani-dump is available
  • Redundant hosing around the sewer treatment plant is being removed...NO discharge ever went into the river
  • Barricades on Veterans and 9th Street are being removed
  • Some flowers will be added to the downtown area starting the week of June 18 and hand-watered until irrigation is reconnected
  • Public works will start catching up on tasks and projects which had to be set aside during the flooding


Public Works staff have been treating larger bodies of stagnant water for mosquitoes for the past month, but it is a bad year for them in the entire region.


The high groundwater also had an impact on the water main upgrade project downtown. The water prevented shooting pipe under the asphalt, so additional milling and excavation was necessary. Unfortunately, managing flooding and the change in pipe-laying process has further added to the project timeline by a couple of weeks.


We thank all residents and businesses for their patience and support during this challenging time.


The official State of Emergency Rescind can be reviewed here:

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 9:00am