(by Kate Bouey)
A state of emergency remains in place in Armstrong following a rise in creek levels over the weekend.
Emergency program coordinator Warren Smith says mitigation work last week “greatly assisted in reducing the level of flood water entering Meighan Creek.”
However, Smith says Deep Creek has continued to rise which is causing concern.
Meanwhile, the City of Armstrong and the Township of Spallumcheen are working together and monitoring the creeks above Powerhouse Road and the outflow to Otter Lake.
“This week’s slightly higher than normal temperatures in the valley bottom can have an impact, but the high elevation temperatures are what we need to pay attention too,” says Smith. “It appears some freezing will be occurring overnight which works in our favor.”
Smith says staff will be in contact with Emergency Management BC and Environment Canada to ensure that they are aware of any incoming precipitation concerns.
He says the state of emergency will remain in place until at least May 4th when the conditions are re-evaluated.
“Our public works staff will continue to be involved in mitigation flood work and the monitoring of creeks. Our staff are well trained and have a strong understanding of the Emergency Management System and what needs to be done. There are some minor impacts on our day-to-day operations as our crew responds to flooding needs.”
Last year, Armstrong experienced significant flooding in areas following an intense rainstorm on May 4th.
“The City is preparing so that we are ready if we need to be should similar conditions develop,” he says.
Residents can pick up sand and sandbags at the Public Works Yard located at 2950 Patterson Avenue and at the corner of Bridge Street and Okanagan Boulevard.
Residents whose homes are impacted by the flooding should call city hall 250-546-3023