Preparation efforts continue in areas hit by last year's flooding in South Okanagan - InfoNews

Current Conditions

17.8°C

Preparation efforts continue in areas hit by last year's flooding in South Okanagan

FILE PHOTO - Kearns Creek in Willowbrook was flooding by April 2 last year. This year's late winter has postponed the onset of flood season and infrastructure improvements are expected to help mitigate flood damage in the Willowbrook and Sportsmens Bowl area this year.
April 02, 2019 - 2:00 PM

PENTICTON - What a difference a year makes.

Residents north of Oliver were dealing with flooding issues in the Willowbrook and Sportsmens Bowl area by this time last year, but the late end to winter, cooler temperatures and a lack of precipitation in March has moved the flood season forward.

The regional district said in a press release it continues to make preparations in the event of potential flooding this year as provincial agencies work on improvements to drainage infrastructure in the area.

Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen manager of emergency services Sean Vaisler says the district has been working cooperatively with provincial agencies, local communities and First Nations as they prepare for potential flooding this year.

Vaisler says the biggest threat so far is the high groundwater levels in the area. There isn’t much storage capacity in the ground for excess water at this point.

Water flow through the area has been good up to now, but Vaisler says the regional district message to those affected by flooding last year is to be prepared.

The Ministry of Infrastructure has completed drainage upgrades on Reed Creek, Tinhorn Creek, Kearns Creek, Park Rill Creek and Victoria Creek, and the work continues.

Residents requiring recovery assistance can contact the regional district emergency operations centre recovery team at 250-490-4225.

Those requiring sandbags to prepare their property for flooding can find assistance at the regional district emergency operation website.

More information on emergency preparedness can be found at this regional district web page.


To contact a reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad or call 250-488-3065 or email the editor. You can also submit photos, videos or news tips to the newsroom and be entered to win a monthly prize draw.

We welcome your comments and opinions on our stories but play nice. We won't censor or delete comments unless they contain off-topic statements or links, unnecessary vulgarity, false facts, spam or obviously fake profiles. If you have any concerns about what you see in comments, email the editor in the link above.

News from © Infotel News Ltd, 2019
Infotel News Ltd

  • Popular vernon News
  • Comments
  • iN VIDEO: Cyclists wipe out on Highway 97
    PENTICTON - Cyclists had a close call on the highway this morning as the 2019 Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan race got underway. The annual competition started at Gyro Park in P
  • Semi fire on Coquihalla south of Kamloops
    KAMLOOPS - A semi-truck fire is currently raging on the Coquihalla Highway south of Kamloops. Photos show a semi-truck at the Coquillhalla Highway south of Kamloops on July 13. According to
  • Mother sues Kelowna RCMP seeking investigation into her sons' deaths
    KELOWNA - The mother of two teens who died by suicide is taking the Kelowna RCMP to court to answer lingering questions. Annette Toro is petitioning the courts to order the RCMP, as well as
  • TRENDING NOW: Fish swallows shark whole
    %%NoDefaultImage%% Sharks might be near the top of the food chain, but they're not invicible. Sometimes all it takes to brings down Jaws is a fish with a big mouth and a lot of ambition.
  • Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard to stand trial in sex assault case
    TORONTO - Jacob Hoggard, the frontman for the Canadian rock band Hedley, will stand trial on three sex-related charges involving a woman and a teenager, a judge ruled Friday. Ontario Court J
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile