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City crews attend the scene of the 20th Street BX Creek culvert near 20th Street in 2018. (Morning Star file photo)

Flood preventation on tap for Vernon’s BX Creek

Provincial funds help city with mitigation on ongoing flooding issues

 

Flooding has become a reality for many communities in the Okanagan Valley as the region faces more extreme weather storms, blamed on the impact of climate change. (File photo)

Okanagan high target for spring flooding

Higher snowpack and mild winter precipitation levels raise concerns for Canada’s insurance industry

  • Jan 23, 2021

 

The splash park, playground and neighbouring washroom facilities remain closed at Vernon’s Polson Park due to pooling of groundwater. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Stagnant water keeps popular Vernon playground closed

Splash park, playground and washrooms still closed at Polson Park due to water pooling

 

The lower section of Vernon’s BX Falls Trail has been closed due to free-flowing water running down the pathway, the Regional District of North Okanagan said Wednesday, July 28, 2020. (RDNO photo)

Vernon hiking trail partially closed due to free-flowing water

High water levels and a creek blockage have led to flooding along the BX Falls Trail

The lower section of Vernon’s BX Falls Trail has been closed due to free-flowing water running down the pathway, the Regional District of North Okanagan said Wednesday, July 28, 2020. (RDNO photo)
Kalamalka Lake levels for June 2020 had the Kalavista Boat Launch docks under water all spring and up until July 22 when the launch finally reopened. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Coldstream reopens boat launches

More launches expected to ease congestion at Kekuli Bay

Kalamalka Lake levels for June 2020 had the Kalavista Boat Launch docks under water all spring and up until July 22 when the launch finally reopened. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
The Cache Creek fire hall escaped flooding in April 2020 (pictured), but rapidly rising water levels following heavy rainfall on July 1 choked a culvert near the hall and caused flooding to it and a nearby park. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

300 Cache Creek residents on evacuation alert due to flood risk as river rises

Heavy rainfall on Canada Day has river rising steadily, threatening 175 properties

The Cache Creek fire hall escaped flooding in April 2020 (pictured), but rapidly rising water levels following heavy rainfall on July 1 choked a culvert near the hall and caused flooding to it and a nearby park. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Caution tape surrounds structures in Vernon’s Polson Park affected by flooding, Thursday, June 11, 2020. (Karen Hill - Black Press Media)

Vernon’s Polson Park reopens to vehicle traffic

Traffic in the park was closed on June 30 due to flooding following heavy rain

Caution tape surrounds structures in Vernon’s Polson Park affected by flooding, Thursday, June 11, 2020. (Karen Hill - Black Press Media)
The skate park in Polson Park is a pool following June 30 rainstorms. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Water floods Vernon skate park, playground

Polson Park remains closed following Tuesday storms

The skate park in Polson Park is a pool following June 30 rainstorms. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Kalamalka Lake levels for June 2020 have the Kalavista Boat Launch docks under water. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

No wakeboards urged on Okanagan lakes

Lake Country councillor calls for wakeboarders to hold off during high water

Kalamalka Lake levels for June 2020 have the Kalavista Boat Launch docks under water. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
The retaining wall of Coldstream residents Lauren Lypchuk and Ward Strong’s Westkal Road property is under eight inches of water due to high levels on Kalamalka Lake. Lypchuk is calling for boaters to temporarily refrain from the popular activity because of the levels to protect properties and shoreline erosion along the Okanagan Rail Trail. (Contributed)

Coldstream resident asks for temporary boating refrain

Lauren Lypchuk would like boats to stay off north end of Kal Lake to protect properties, shoreline

The retaining wall of Coldstream residents Lauren Lypchuk and Ward Strong’s Westkal Road property is under eight inches of water due to high levels on Kalamalka Lake. Lypchuk is calling for boaters to temporarily refrain from the popular activity because of the levels to protect properties and shoreline erosion along the Okanagan Rail Trail. (Contributed)
A washed out river bank has encroached upon three properties along 25th Avenue in Vernon, the neighbours told the Morning Star Friday, June 12, 2020. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Vernon neighbours losing their yards to creek washout

The neighbours say they’ve spoken to the city about removing debris from the creek, to no avail

A washed out river bank has encroached upon three properties along 25th Avenue in Vernon, the neighbours told the Morning Star Friday, June 12, 2020. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Caution tape surrounds structures in Vernon’s Polson Park affected by flooding, Thursday, June 11, 2020. (Karen Hill - Black Press Media)

Avoid creeks and banks during stormy weather: City of Vernon

City crews are working to keep creeks flowing and checking for hazards at 55 local sites

Caution tape surrounds structures in Vernon’s Polson Park affected by flooding, Thursday, June 11, 2020. (Karen Hill - Black Press Media)
A debris build-up has accumulated in Vernon Creek, running parallel to 25th Avenue in Vernon. Some properties in the area have been damaged following a heavy downpour Thursday, June 11, 2020. (Anna Marie Spiller photo)

Flooding affects Vernon residents in aftermath of storm

More rain is on the forecast for the Okanagan Valley throughout the weekend

A debris build-up has accumulated in Vernon Creek, running parallel to 25th Avenue in Vernon. Some properties in the area have been damaged following a heavy downpour Thursday, June 11, 2020. (Anna Marie Spiller photo)
Water flows from behind the retaining wall along Hospital Hill on Highway 97 in Vernon Thursday, June 11, 2020. (Karen Hill - Black Press Media)

Water springs from retaining wall near Vernon’s Polson Park

Vernon park, neighbouring road closed due to flooding until further notice

Water flows from behind the retaining wall along Hospital Hill on Highway 97 in Vernon Thursday, June 11, 2020. (Karen Hill - Black Press Media)
Mill Creek running high below a residential bridge in Kelowna on May 7, 2020. That same bridge was completely underwater two years previous during 2018 floods. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)

Risk of Okanagan flooding decreases despite rainy week ahead

The River Forecast Centre has ended its high streamflow advisory for the Central and North Okanagan

Mill Creek running high below a residential bridge in Kelowna on May 7, 2020. That same bridge was completely underwater two years previous during 2018 floods. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)
On May 31, 2020, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen declared a state of emergency for the Cawston area because of the risk of flooding in the area. The state of emergency as well as an evacuation order and an evacuation alert have now been rescinded. (Regional District of Okananagan-Similkameen map)

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen rescinds evacuation order and alerts for Cawston area

Orders had been issued because of flooding concerns in region

On May 31, 2020, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen declared a state of emergency for the Cawston area because of the risk of flooding in the area. The state of emergency as well as an evacuation order and an evacuation alert have now been rescinded. (Regional District of Okananagan-Similkameen map)
River levels throughout the interior have been high due to snowmelt and rainfall. The River Forecast Centre has predicted a high risk of flooding in this summer in many areas. (Black Press file photo)

How to safely drink water in areas impacted by flooding

Quality and safety of drinking water can be affected during and after floods

River levels throughout the interior have been high due to snowmelt and rainfall. The River Forecast Centre has predicted a high risk of flooding in this summer in many areas. (Black Press file photo)
Shuswap Falls Hydro park is under water near Lumby June 1, 2020. (Ardis Miller photo)

Lumby bands together to block flood water

Creeks swollen and flowing over roads, threatening properties

Shuswap Falls Hydro park is under water near Lumby June 1, 2020. (Ardis Miller photo)
High water levels at Mission Creek in Kelowna, B.C. (Photo - Jen Zielinski)

RDCO closes section of Mission Creek due to high water levels

RDCO urges visitors to respect closure signs posted at these locations until waters recede

High water levels at Mission Creek in Kelowna, B.C. (Photo - Jen Zielinski)
A river runs through Hanson Park in Cherryville June 1, 2020. (Submitted Photo)

High water floods Cherryville park

Water rushing through Hanson Park

A river runs through Hanson Park in Cherryville June 1, 2020. (Submitted Photo)