Residents anxious as rising creek turns Barnhartvale yards into ponds

The creek that is usually narrow and meanders through the field has risen significantly with the increased rain and warm weather.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Kristina Bradshaw

KAMLOOPS – A temperature spike today and the forecast  calling for rain is bad news for Barnhartvale residents anxiously watching the water rise in their neighborhood.

Campbell Creek Road resident Kristina Bradshaw says the water level in Campbell Creek is alarming compared to this time last year.

“It floods a little every year, but it wasn’t the same level as this. Generally it stays as a creek and the water level just gets higher. This water is cutting new pathways through fields, this is substantial,” Bradshaw says.

Bradshaw, her fiancé and their cat and dog live beyond city limits and are part of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District. They live across the road from their landlord who has lost access to his driveway because of the high water and has herded his sheep to higher ground.

She went to work today with a pair of rubber boots, ready to face whatever is waiting for her when she gets home. If the flooding gets worse, they will either board their pets and stay with family, or stick out, stay in the house and take time off work.

“At the moment things are stable and level, it all depends on what happens next. We are still figuring out how to deal with it if it gets worse,” Bradshaw says.

Further down Campbell Creek Road there is a frozen lake and snow, according to Bradshaw. If everything melts and once, a significant amount of water could result.

These two photos were taken on Campbell Creek Road in Barnhartvale.
These two photos were taken on Campbell Creek Road in Barnhartvale.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Kristina Bradshaw

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