Rising waters force Lavington residents into action

Heavy rainfall has impacted creek levels throughout the region

Lavington residents joined forced to fight back a torrent of water Thursday night.

As a result of steady rainfall, Brewer Creek overflowed its banks and began threatening homes in the Angus Drive area.

“A good part of the community was out sandbagging and they were able to dike it,” said Mike Pethick, Coldstream’s operations superintendent.

Pethick doesn’t believe water actually got into any homes.

“Some of the driveway bridges were a little challenged,” he said of the force of the rising water.

Rain also led to Coldstream Creek overflowing its banks in Creekside Park and in some farmers’ fields in Lavington. But  there has been no risk to residences.

“I checked the Postill Drive and Kirkland Drive area and so far so good,” said Pethick.

District crews will be monitoring the situation over the weekend, and Pethick says a lot depends on the weather.

“We have replenished our stock of sand and sandbags,” he said.

North Okanagan Emergency Management had an eight-person team on standby Thursday in case rain caused further slides in the Cherry Ridge area of Cherryville.

A slide occurred there Tuesday, with debris coming close to a home on Sugar Lake Road.

Officials are urging all North Okanagan residents to be aware of the potential for flooding or slides as a result of rainfall and warm temperatures.

“We’re ready,” said Brent Watson, emergency manager, of his trained volunteers and staff if an incident occurs.

There were also reports of localized flooding in parts of Spallumcheen and Mara Thursday.