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As work continues today reinforcing the dike along a section of Mission Creek, emergency officials are also concerned for boaters on Okanagan Lake.

Large amounts of fallen trees along the banks of the Mission Creek are being swept into the lake. Boaters need to use extreme caution on the lake and are asked to mark any logs they come across in the lake. The logs will be collected and brought to shore.

Canoeists, kayakers and thrill-seekers are strongly urged to stay out of Mission Creek.

“No one should be in Mission Creek or any other creek at this time of year,” says Deputy Fire Chief Jason Brolund. “The water is too high, too fast and too full of debris for anyone to safely be in the water.”

Contractors and a City crew constructed a short roadway through one of the affected properties along Mission Creek to gain access to the emergency area. Large rocks are being placed along a 100-metre section of the south side of the creek to reinforce the earthen dike.

A temporary dike, supplied by Emergency Management B.C., will be placed along the creek bank once the rocks are in place.

“With more rain forecast for the weekend, we needed to make sure the lowest lying areas are protected,” said Joe Creron, Director of Civic Operations.

Anyone experiencing flooding as a result of rising waterways should call the Provincial Emergency Program 24-hour Emergency Coordination Centre at 1-800-663-3456.


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