Kicking Horse River Ice Jam Update December 28 2017 Print Article Font Size
Over the past 24 hours, the Town of Golden experienced a mild ice floe from the Kicking Horse River. Ground assessments have confirmed that the ice is holding well within the dike walls, river flow is steady, and there are no immediate threats to the existing dike infrastructure. Flight assessments have confirmed anchor ice in the canyon, with only a small portion of this ice moving into Town limits overnight last night.

Authorities from the Golden and Area Emergency Management Program, the Town of Golden, Ministry of Transportation, Emergency Management BC, RCMP, Golden Fire Department, and Golden & District Search & Rescue are all aware of the situation and presently monitoring the river in partnership.

“The Kicking Horse River typically sees an ice jam at this time of year,” states Mayor Ron Oszust. “This year’s situation is not entirely different, although it is nice to see a mild floe that poses no immediate threat to either the dike or bridges.”

The 7 day forecast is calling for a warming trend, which would provide a more favorable condition for the water to better channelize through the jam.

Public safety is a priority and people are encouraged to keep a safe distance from the Kicking Horse River as sudden movements of ice and materials within the river are very possible and unpredictable.

Additional updates will be provided as the situation changes.

Jon Wilsgard                                              Kyle Hale
CAO                                                           Golden & Area Emergency Program Coordinator
Town of Golden                                         e: kyle.hale@goldeneoc.ca
p: 250.344.2271 Ext 237
e: cao@golden.ca