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Kelowna residents keep an eye on rising Mission Creek waters

June 13, 2020 - 2:30 PM

Kelowna residents are preparing for flooding as rain continues to pour over the Central Okanagan.

Karen Stinnet, a resident along Bluebird Road, said her home that borders Mission Creek was built in the 1960s and the basement flooded back in 2017 when the Okanagan experienced a one-in-200-year flood.

But with the rain and high creek waters, she’s undecided whether she should start tearing apart her basement as she’s concerned groundwater will once again seep through the floor.

“This is becoming an ongoing (concern) every year now,” she said.

In 2017, Jennifer Hight, another resident long Bluebird Road also experienced flooding in her home and the sub-pump in her basement has been active but says she’s only mildly concerned about flooding for this year.

Previously water had reached the road and logs jammed the creek, she said.

Currently, there is no special weather statements for the Okanagan, but Environment Canada is predicting rain for Saturday and Sunday.

Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Lundquist says a cold front last night is expected to drop temperatures and spread showers across the Thompson Okanagan this weekend.

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Lundquist says yesterday’s southerly flow is bringing multiple storm cells up from the south, along the Cascade mountains in Washington and into the Okanagan valley towards Revelstoke.

“It’s why I call it monsoon season," Lundquist said. "In winter, the jet stream brings most of our weather in a westerly flow, but in spring, heating of the continent produces a default ridge of high pressure from Alaska down through British Columbia.”

Currently, a high streamflow advisory is in effect for the Central and North Okanagan and South Thompson and Nicola areas of the Interior.

“River and creek levels may rise rapidly over the weekend depending on the timing and location of the heaviest rainfall... The public is advised to stay clear of the fast-flowing rivers and potentially unstable riverbanks during the high-streamflow period,” according to the advisory.


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