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Break eases North Okanagan flood watch

A truck makes a big splash through the water that pools in the 5200 block of Silver Star Road after days of rain led to some localized flooding.  - Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star
A truck makes a big splash through the water that pools in the 5200 block of Silver Star Road after days of rain led to some localized flooding.
— image credit: Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star

A break in the rain has helped ease flooding concerns locally.

While local rivers and creeks are still running relatively high, water levels are going down in most areas.

“It appears as though things are looking really good in the North Okanagan,” said Gord Molendyk.

So good in fact, that the Emergency Operations Centre is considering scaling down its operation.

Meanwhile, high water has closed the BX Creek Trail after it washed out the bridge Monday. The trail is closed both from the falls and the BX Ranch Park.

Pet owners are asked to keep their pets well away from the creek because of dangerously fast flowing water, hazardous trees and unstable banks. A local labrador was swept away by the fast flowing BX Creek last week and later found deceased.

East Vernon and Tillicum roads remain closed at the creek crossings while crews wait for a geotechnical assessment to be completed.

Work is underway on Enderby-Mabel Lake Road and is open to single-lane traffic after the road was flooded and damaged last week.

Shuswap River continues to run substantially higher than usual. But the flood watch has  ended near Lumby and downgraded to a high stream flow advisory in Enderby.

The sun is out today but rain is forecast for the weekend and into next week.

June’s average rainful is approximately 42 millimetres for Vernon. So far this month the region has received nearly 60 millimetres.

 

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