There is a flood warning for Coalmont and anyone along the Tulameen river. People are asked to remain on standby and be ready to leave town on short notice. Apparently there is a significant ice jam about 7 km up the river and it was already looking dangerous before it got dark.
Fire Department volunteers have been walking about town and knocking on every door to make sure that people are aware of the situation. Residents are being told that if they hear a siren, to leave immediately and head toward Princeton. The siren will be from the fire truck.
The last time there was a flood in Coalmont was in 1995 about this same time of year. That one caused considerable damage and it reached from the river up as far as the Hotel. Hopefully the dyke which was built then, will be protection enough if the current ice jam breaches.
The Tulameen & District Volunteer FD Fire Chief is Jody Woodford, and the hall number is (250) 295-6688. Emergencies should be reported to 911. §