CACHE CREEK (NEWS 1130) – As water levels in BC’s Interior continue to rise, people are busy sandbagging their properties to try and protect them.
Many creeks and rivers are expected to peak next month, with some already reaching highs.
Cache Creek hit it’s peak on Friday, prompting Mayor John Ranta to declare a state of local emergency.
“I wouldn’t describe it as ‘overflowed its banks a bit,'” he tells NEWS 1130. “It overflowed its banks dramatically.”
Water levels have now receded shifting concerns to the Bonaparte River, which is expected to peak in the next few days. “People are busy armoring their properties,” Ranta adds.
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In Kelowna, Axelle Bazett with emergency operations says Okanagan Lake isn’t a concern so far this year — but Mill Creek is.
“We do anticipate that peak flow from freshet to be within the next few weeks.”
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is also on high alert, with localized flooding prompting a number of evacuations.
Active evacuation of properties in Tulameen, BC due to flooding of town centre. https://t.co/iHNlO7QQmO
— RDOS EOC (@EmergMgtRDOS) April 29, 2018
Meantime, the Provincial Emergency Coordination Centre has been activated.
In anticipation of rising water levels because of above-average snowpack in areas, the centre is providing tips to keep locals safe.
The province advises against walking or driving through flooded streets, and urges people to stay clear of eroded banks.
When it comes to protecting your property, the Emergency Coordination says to move valuables and equipment to higher ground, and to clear drains, eavestroughs and gutters.
“Create a household emergency plan, put together your grab-and-go bag, and connect with your neighbours,” it adds.
Okanagan Lake hit record water levels last year, and forced a number of evacuations. River forecasters have said they are keeping a close eye on snowpack in southern BC.