Storm forecast could push Kelowna creek to the brink

Cyclists ride past the swollen Mission Creek by Spiers Road. The creek is expected to reach its peak flow by tomorrow morning.

With stormy weather expected to hit the Okanagan today local waterways already at peak flow could be pushed past their brink.

The B.C River Forecast Centre says a low pressure weather system is on the way and will bring moderate rainfall, the heaviest rain expected later today.  

The forecast centre upgradated the flood advisory to a flood watch yesterday afternoon for Kelowna's Mission Creek.

The creek is approaching annual peak levels as it's fed by snow pack still melting at higher elevations. But with up to 30mm of cumulative rainfall forecasted in the next 24 hours those levels may be pushed past capacity, causing flooding in surrounding areas. Water flow through Mission Creek is expected to peak by tomorrow morning.

The flood potential depends largely on whether the rainfall exceeds or falls below forecasted amounts.

Flooding is not the only hazard to come with the spring snow melt.

High levels of turbidity have also impacted water quality for some Kelowna residents. The areas of Falcon Ridge and Star Place were issued a Boil Water notice last week and over the weekend an advisory was issued for 250 properties in the Central Okanagan West Electoral District. This is a precautionary measure which advises residents to boil their tap water for at least one minute before drinking it.

Water floods into areas adjacent to Mission Creek near its intersection with Casorso Road.
Water floods into areas adjacent to Mission Creek near its intersection with Casorso Road.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Julie Whittet at or call (250)718-0428.

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