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Cherry Creek residents expect flooding to worsen before it improves

Volunteers are asked to head to Cherry Creek Ranch to help with sandbagging to help prevent further flooding.
May 08, 2018 - 5:30 PM

CHERRY CREEK - Flooding continues to cause several problems in a small community outside of Kamloops. 

Water levels from Cherry Creek continue to rise as the temperature gets warmer. Residents and volunteers from outside the community have been sandbagging for days to help with the overflowing creek waters throughout the community. 

For one — new — Cherry Creek resident, Ashleigh Kirtzinger says if it wasn't for the previous owner of her house getting ready for the potential flooding this spring, her home would have been more heavily impacted by the flooding waters.

"We just moved into the house last week, and it had just started flooding," says Kirtzinger, who recently moved from Osoyoos. "It could have been way worse if the old owners hadn't have been proactive in getting the sand here because it flooded last year."

Kirtzinger has been out most days with neighbours to sandbag the area disrupting her property and other areas heavily impacted by the flooding creek.

"People have been helping us quite a bit and we've been down to the Cherry Creek Ranch to help sandbag as well," Kirtzinger says.

Kirtzinger hopes the flooding near her property doesn't worsen, but she's been told to prepare for the worst-case scenario.

"I've been told the snowpack hasn't even been touched yet," she says.

Current roads in Cherry Creek like Beaton Road and Lazy Acres Road have been closed due to flooding. The area was under a local state of emergency and some evacuation orders last year because of flooding.

If you can help, head to the Cherry Creek Ranch where you fill find and bags.

Workers try to control the flooding on Beaton Road in Cherry Creek. The road is currently closed to the public because of heavy flooding in the area.

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