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The Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program and Joe Rich Fire Rescue are continuing to monitor the status of a property adjacent to Mission Creek in the Joe Rich area.

This afternoon, a Professional Engineer and program officials attended the private property, in the 11,200 block of Highway 33 near the Three Forks Bridge.  While Mission Creek is flowing around the principle residence, the Engineer has determined that at the present time, there are no required actions that could be safely completed due to the high water.

Joe Rich Fire Rescue will continue to monitor the property and conditions of the creek over the next 24 hours in the event there are any changes.

More than 40 millimetres of rain fell yesterday (Saturday) within the Mission Creek watershed causing a rapid rise in creek levels and flows earlier this morning.  Conditions have been improving however any significant rainfall could reverse that trend.

This morning the Regional District closed the two Mission Creek Greenway underpasses at the Casorso Road Bridge and the Gordon Drive Bridge.    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 are monitoring weather conditions and area water courses as that could see further increases with any additional rainfall.   As a result creeks could rise unexpectedly and 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.

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