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FLOOD WATCH 2017: Evacuation alert for properties near Testalinden Creek

FILE PHOTO - The Testalinden Creek mudslide on June 13, 2010 is pictured in this Wikimedia Commons photo. The failure of an earthen dam resulted in a debris flow that temporarily closed Highway 97 and destroyed or damaged several homes.
Image Credit: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS/Darren Kirby
May 12, 2017 - 2:59 PM

OLIVER - Fears of unstable ground following a 2010 mudslide in the South Okanagan have prompted an evacuation alert.

Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen officials are concerned the slopes of Testalinden Creek canyon may have been weakened prior to the 2010 mudslide and have been working for the past few days to improve the creek below Highway 97 through armouring of the creek and debris removal.

The 2010 mudslide occurred following the failure of an earthen dam, resulting in a debris flow that temporarily closed Highway 97 and destroyed or damaged several homes.

Slope uncertainty and high volumes of water now flowing through the creek have prompted an evacuation alert for several properties along the creek by the Regional District.

The addresses include:

  • 511, 545, 555, 579, 583, 589, 598 and 599 Testalinden Place
  • 4472, 4444 Golden Mile Drive
  • 4535, 4523, 4522, 4508 Highway 97
  • 308 Road 15

Slope failure could result in damming of the creek and further debris flows.

Any increase in debris flow or significant change in water flowing in the creek should be reported immediately to the regional district operations centre.

For more information, contact the Regional District at 250-492-0237.

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