Update: Mission Creek threatens to breach its banks in Kelowna

With trees washing under the Mission Creek bridge at Lakeshore Drive emergency crews and city officials are on high alert

  • Jun. 20, 2013 9:00 a.m.

A tree was caught under the bridge at Lakeshore on Mission Creek Thursday morning as river levels



The City of Kelowna has a large tree to deal with at the oft-beleaguered Lakeshore Drive bridge over Mission Creek.

Firefighters on scene Thursday morning were able to ascertain the bridge could stay open, but with water continuing to rise, fears of damage or washout are mounting.

Last year was a particularly difficult flood season for the Okanagan region and the bridge was among the areas hardest hit. A state of emergency was declared on Truswell Road as an apartment building a few hundred metres downstream from the bridge came close to washing into the creek.

Flooding has already prompted a state of emergency to be declared in the Calgary this morning, and there are widespread reports of torrential rainfall in B.C., with mudslide concerns in the Kootenays.

The flood watch locally centers on the creek, which should continue to rise throughout Thursday evening. The chart below shows the Environment Canada Water Office information runoff levels.

Real-time information on the creek level can be accessed via the water office website.

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