Rising creek level closes Greenway underpass
High runoff and rising water levels have forced the closure of the Mission Creek Greenway underpass at Casorso Road.
Pedestrians and cyclists using the popular trail are asked to use caution and only cross Casorso Road when it is safe. Motorists are also asked to watch for Greenway users who may be crossing the road in the area while the underpass is closed.
The Regional District of Central Okanagan is urging Greenway users to respect the barricades and signs posted at closure and have said the underpass will remain closed until waters recede.
Currently, Greenway patrons can continue to use the north-side creek underpass at Gordon Drive which remains open but CORD officials say it could be closed at any time due to the rising water levels in Mission Creek.
Regional Parks staff members are continuing to monitor creek levels along the entire length of the Mission Creek Greenway. People are reminded that water levels may rise unexpectedly and they, children and pets should stay safely back from creek banks, which may be slippery or subject to erosion from the spring runoff.
Boaters and those using Okanagan Lake boat launches are advised to watch for floating debris that may enter the lake as a result of the runoff.
Meanwhile, the City of Kelowna has also closed Brandt's Creek Linear Park between Yates Road and Kane Road due to flooding. The remaining section of the park is still open to trail users but users are asked to use caution along creek banks.
Brandt's Creek serves as a water detention facility and as such, is subject to periodic flooding.
Signs are posted at the trailhead indicating the temporary closure.