Mission Creek once again approached record levels as a result of more than 40 millimetres of rain falling in the watershed on Saturday. Early today there was a rapid rise in the creek level and flow with the heavy rainfall yesterday. While it’s now showing a slight decrease, local emergency officials urge caution as additional rainfall could see another increase.
As a result of the rising waters earlier today the Regional District has closed the two Mission Creek Greenway underpasses at the Casorso Road Bridge and the Gordon Drive Bridge. Both underpass routes will remain closed until creek waters recede and the trails can be assessed for safety. Pedestrians and cyclists are asked to use caution and only cross Casorso Road and Gordon Drive when it is safe. Motorists are also asked to watch for Greenway users who may be crossing at these locations while the underpasses are closed. As well, a low lying section of the Mission Creek Greenway is now closed 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.
Local crews continue to monitor weather conditions and the levels and flows of area water courses as they could see further increases as a result of any additional rainfall. People should be aware that creeks could rise unexpectedly. As well, people and pets should stay a safe distance from creek banks as they may be very slippery and unstable and could be subject to erosion and undercutting from high flows during this runoff.
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.