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The Regional District of Central Kootenay’s Emergency Operations Centre has issued an evacuation alert for the community of Six Mile.

It says residents aren’t yet required to evacuate but is advising people to be prepared to leave the area if an evacuation order is enforced.

This comes after the River Forecast Centre issued a high streamflow advisory for West Kootenay and the Upper Columbia region, including the Kicking Horse River, Illecillewaet River and tributaries around Invermere, Radium, Golden and Revelstoke.

British Columbia’s River Forecast Centre also upgraded its ranking of the East Kootenay region to flood watch, a classification indicating river levels may breach their banks and flooding could occur.

The centre says wet weather is expected and current hydrologic modelling indicates risks for flooding Monday and Tuesday, particularly in the East Kootenay region.

Environment Canada has also issued a Special Weather Statement covering the same time period for the Elk Valley and East Kootenay, which is expected to experience the heaviest rainfall at about 30-45 millimetres.

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