With more localized thundershower activity today in the Central Okanagan, the B.C. River Forecast Centre has added a High Streamflow Advisory for Mission Creek.
This could result once again in minor flooding in low lying areas and rapid rises in creek levels and flows. Local crews continue to monitor the status of Mission Creek and other area creeks in light of the isolated thundershowers.
Monitoring continues as well at a property in the 11,200 block of Highway 33 near the Three Forks Bridge crossing of Mission Creek should conditions require any emergency response.
Until this current storm system passes and assessments can be made, two Mission Creek Greenway underpasses at the Casorso Road Bridge and the Gordon Drive Bridge remain closed as does a low lying section of the Mission Creek Greenway between the Cedar Bridge (second bridge) and Smoothing Stone Bridge (third bridge) along Phase 2 of the recreational trail.
The Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program continues to encourage all property owners in low lying areas near creeks and streams to protect their properties from potential flooding.
As creeks could be subject to unexpected rapid increases in flows and levels, people and pets should stay a safe distance from creek banks which may be very slippery and unstable and subject to erosion and undercutting from high flows.
Information on flood preparedness including a recommended method for sandbag diking is available on the Regional Emergency Operation Centre website www.cordemergency.ca and the Emergency Management BC website: pep.bc.ca/floods/preparedness.html.
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 any property owner facing imminent danger from flooding.
In light of the high water levels of all Central Okanagan lakes, boaters are asked to keep their speeds and wakes down to prevent possible shoreline erosion. Please be aware of floating debris in area lakes due to the continued runoff.
In the event of an emergency and activation of the Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), the latest information will be available online at the new EOC Public Information website: www.cordemergency.ca.