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Seasonal flood watch begins in Kelowna

Debris builds up under Mission Creek Bridge on Lakeshore Road at Truswell—a typical problem spot during runoff season. - Jean Russell
Debris builds up under Mission Creek Bridge on Lakeshore Road at Truswell—a typical problem spot during runoff season.
— image credit: Jean Russell

It will be Thursday afternoon before the latest snowpack results are in from the provincial River Forecast Centre—relevant information in light of a streamflow advisory issued this weekend.

The centre issued a high streamflow advisory Sunday for Mission Creek and other watersheds east of Kelowna to Vernon, meaning the water could be rising rapidly—although was not expected to flood.

There are still two levels higher on the provincial system—flood watch and flood warning—but, for now, the danger has been evaded.

“The centre says rainfall has ended through the South Interior and river levels have eased from last week’s high snow melt and precipitation,” said a news released issued by the Central Okanagan Regional District midday Monday.

All property owners adjacent to and in low-lying areas of Mission Creek are still being asked to prepare for the worst.

Last year, the creek crested in mid-May, sending a whole block of residents into sand-bagging mode as they tried to prevent water from flowing into their basements.

“The transition came quickly,” the River Forecast Centre’s Dave Campbell told the Capital News, as the weather spun wildly from a dump of snow on the Coquihalla to unseasonably high temperatures within a week.

Residents at the base of Mission Creek have become accustomed to the sight of logs careening toward the bridges and roads washing out in the seasonal scourge.

The abandoned Muttitt property off Highway 33 in Joe Rich is also a top flood hot spot.

Anyone noticing a potential problem or flooding concern in the Central Okanagan is asked to call the Regional Fire Dispatch at 250-469-8577. Sandbags are available at local fire halls for property owners facing imminent danger of flooding.

The District of West Kelowna has deposited sandbags for its property owners in three locations: Casa Loma Beach (2606 Casa Loma Road), Pebble Beach Park (adjacent to 2583 Whitworth Road) and Falcon Park (1339 Green Bay Road).

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