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Spallumcheen activates emergency operations centre in response to flooding

Flooding at the Lydia Boss centre May 6, 2017.
Image Credit: Kindale Developmental Association
May 08, 2017 - 6:28 PM

SPALLUMCHEEN - The Township of Spallumcheen has activated an emergency operations centre as localized flooding continues to saturate the region.

A number of neighbourhoods are experiencing road closures or are restricted to resident-only traffic, according to a release from the Township.

An emergency operations centre level 1 has been established at 4144 Spallumcheen Way (the municipal offices.)

Environment Canada meteorologists are forecasting a spike in temperature Wednesday which is likely to generate further snowmelt. Combined with rain later in the week, residents are advised that more flooding is highly possible.

“The Township will continue to monitor any reports from Environment Canada,” the Township states in the release.

Anyone who is concerned that water is threatening a structure on their property due to overflowing ditches should contact the Municipal Office at 250-546-3013.

If water is not a threat to structures, the Township asks residents to wait for water to naturally dissipate as resources are limited.

“The Township of Spallumcheen would like to remind residents that they are responsible for protecting their own properties from flooding,” states the release.

In Armstrong, flooding in most areas has receded and roadways have been reopened, according to a release from May 7.

“Flooding continues to impact lands in the Okanagan – Patterson/Becker low lying area however those water levels are slowly dropping,” emergency program coordinator Warren Smith says in a release. 

The City switched to a well source on May 5 due to the high turbidity levels in Fortune Creek.  

“Water conservation efforts are encouraged during this time by all customers receiving water in both the City and Township of Spallumcheen,” Smith says.

Local Armstrong businesses, and organizations such as Kindale Developmental Association, are assessing water damage. In a release, Kindale says the Bechtold Centre and Independent Generation both on Patterson Avenue in Armstrong were heavily damaged.

“Thanks to Fundraising efforts over the years, a fleet of vehicles will be on hand to transport people displaced from programming at Bechtold and Independent Generation to Mainstreet Connections and Seaton Centre in Vernon until repairs can be completed. We are very thankful that no one was hurt,” B Elliott, Kindale Executive Director, says in a release.

SANDBAG LOCATIONS

SPALLUMCHEEN:

Sandbags are available, at no cost, for self-filling at the Township of Spallumcheen Public Works Yard located at 1511 Eagle Rock Road and Sidney Park located in the McLeod Subdivision (bring your own shovel).

ARMSTRONG:
For residents who are having water issues, sand and bags are available at Pleasant Valley Road near the Van Diest Trail access point. Please bring a shovel to fill your bags.

ROAD CLOSURES

• Powerhouse Road (resident traffic only) 
• Demorest Road (closed) 
• Stepney Road (closed – resident traffic only) 
• Eagle Rock Road (resident traffic only & re-assessed daily) 
• Mountain View Road (resident traffic only & re-assessed daily)

*Traffic other than residents to the area, please utilize alternate routes for the areas noted above.

Further Assessment Areas: 
• Otter Lake Cross Road (re-assessed daily) 
• Hullcar Road (re-assessed daily) 
• Knob Hill Road (re-assessed daily) 


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