Armstrong issues advanced evacuation alert

Residents near Willowdale Drive, Patterson Avenue and lower Becker Street are to be ready to leave

The City of Armstrong has issued an advanced evacuation alert for property owners and citizens that live along Meighan Creek in the Willowdale Road, Patterson Avenue and lower Becker Street areas.

Owners and citizens are advised to be prepared to evacuate on very short notice.

“With the risk for significant increase in flows, flooding remains a threat to the City of Armstrong and we want to ensure that personal safety is a priority for our citizens and our first responders,” said Warren Smith, the city’s emergency program coordinator.

Smith said Thursday morning the next 48 hours are critical for the community.

“City crews continue to deploy mitigation strategies and monitor creek levels,” he said. “Crews were successful at diverting water from the main creek flow which had a significant impact on preventing major flooding within the downtown core and residential areas that are in close proximity of Meighan Creek.

“Water levels remain stable at this time but it is anticipated with increasing day time temperatures we will see rises in creek flows later today and tonight.”

Access to the City via Highway 97A off-ramp at Pleasant Valley Road has been reopened.

Meighan Creek already overflowed in March following a significant rainfall, resulting in flooding at several properties along Willowdale Drive.

RELATED: Flooding leads to Pioneer Square evacuation in Armstrong

“We encourage residents to monitor the city’s website and local media stations as all updates will be posted to these locations,” said Smith. “Alternatively they can call city hall.”

Members of the public, observing or working near creeks are reminded that creek levels may rise quickly and should exercise caution at all times around the fast moving water and creek banks.

Sand and bags are currently available for self-filling, at no cost, at the public works yard located at 2950 Patterson Avenue and at the corner of Bridge Street and Okanagan Boulevard.


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