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Local states of emergency announced in Kelowna and Sparwood due to flooding

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Key takeaways: 

  • Officials say that isolated flooding is occurring along Mission Creek, Scotty Creek, upper spaces of Mill Creek.
  • Sandbagging measures in Fernie, B.C., after a flood alarm was issued for the Elk River.

A local state of emergency has been announced in Kelowna as isolated flooding risks properties along three creeks in the region. Meanwhile, a small neighborhood in southeast British Columbia has declared an evacuation alert and a local state of emergency as hefty rain. A late spring thaw mix swells rivers across many parts of the area.

In Kelowna, Mission Creek, Scotty Creek, and the upper spaces of Mill Creek are impacted, according to officials with Central Okanagan Emergency Operations (COEO).

“This rain event was not expected,” stated Sandra Follock, the deputy chief of the Kelowna Fire Department.

“There’s still some snowpack that’s going to dissolve, so we expect a little more effect coming in, but right now, it’s tough to consider,” said Follock.

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A local state of emergency has been announced in Kelowna as isolated flooding risks properties along three creeks in the region

She said climate forecasts warned of 20 millimeters of rain. Still, the area collected almost 65 millimeters in a short period, leading to isolated flooding and debris flowing down the creeks. Follock hopes the local state of emergency to stay at least four or five days.

In the region’s southeast, the District of Sparwood announced an evacuation alert for two mobile home parks and some properties along the nearby Elk River under a flood warning. The watch comes after 52 millimeters of rain lately deluged the community.

Fernie is also readying for flooding a few kilometers down the river, but the city stated that the river is now at an average level for spring.

Mayor Ange Qualizza told CBC the city is being aggressive should things deteriorate, with sandbagging and other efforts in place after the community activated its emergency operations center Monday.

Source – cbc.ca

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