Rapid and rising water in Powers Creek has prompted the District of West Kelowna to close Rotary Trails Park on Gellatly Road to ensure public safety.
No infrastructure has been damaged as a result of high water levels.
West Kelowna’s operations department says the closure is precautionary and will ensure people keep clear of the creek’s banks as spring runoff continues to rush through the area.
The municipality urges the public to stay clear of the edges of all creeks and streams. Water levels may surge suddenly and banks may be slippery or unstable due to spring runoff-related erosion.
To report flooding, call the district’s operations department at 778-797-8849, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. After hours, call 778-797-1239.
West Kelowna Fire Rescue has a limited supply of sandbag shells for residents who need to prevent flooding on private property. Sandbags can be picked up at Fire Hall 31 on Old Okanagan Highway and Fire Hall 32 on Ollala Road. Residents will need to purchase sand to fill the bags. In emergency situations, the district may be able to provide sand.