Water level drops but alert remains

Water level drops but alert remains

BC Wildfire crews from Merritt continue to fill sandbags on Sportsman's Bowl Road. From left are Antoine Moses, Dakota O'Donovan, Uska Beatty-Smith and John Noel. (Photo by Lyonel Doherty)

Water levels have gone down temporarily behind Secrest Hill Road, reducing the risk of a debris flow into downstream properties along Sportsman’s Bowl Road.

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is assessing whether permanent works can be established to stop water backing up in the area.

Even with decreased risk, an evacuation alert remains in place for 148 properties north of Oliver.

Significant water is expected to come down as warmer temperatures start melting the near record snow pack.

Engineers for the regional district are working with the province to determine how to divert water flow back into the existing creek path in Sportsman’s Bowl.

BC Wildfire crews have been reinforcing the area with sandbags. In fact, on Thursday they assisted Oliver firefighters at a residence where water came over the creek and started flooding the property.

All properties with the potential for flooding are advised to start preparing now as warmer temperatures are expected to increase water flow.

Residents or property owners requiring further assistance can call the Emergency Operations Centre at 250-490-4225. For after-hours emergencies, call the Provincial Emergency Program at 1-800-663-3456.

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