Levels of BX Creek, which flows through Vernon, are up after today’s rain (Beach Radio photo)
It will be a while yet before the full impact of today’s rain is felt on local water systems.
Local creeks and streams around the area were up noticeably this morning, with Environment Canada estimating about 20 milimetres fell on the Vernon area.
That wet weather system now appears to have moved on, although there is still a chance of an afternoon thunderstorm.
Vernon sports fields have been closed tonight due to the rain.
Most local governments in our area have issued notices over the past couple days, urging residents in flood prone areas to be prepared, and for people to be careful around creek banks and fast moving water.
The following is a news release issued by the City of Vernon, urging residents to be prepared for potential flooding:
Vernon residents living near creeks, streams, lakes and low lying areas should undertake measures to protect their property and reduce the risk of flooding, based on updated reports from the River Forecast Centre and Environment Canada.
The extremely warm temperatures coupled with the rainfall will increase flows and levels of water bodies throughout the region, making flooding more likely.
Property owners are responsible for having a plan as well as the tools and equipment necessary to protect their properties from possible flood damage.
Stockpiles of pre-filled sandbags are available at Vernon City Operations, 1900 48 Avenue outside back gate off Pleasant Valley Road.
Sand and empty sandbags are available at Kin Beach Overflow Parking, 7001 Tronson Road.
City crews continue to replenish the sandbagging sites as required.
City crews have been monitoring and protecting city infrastructure including lift stations, culverts, and bridges. Blocked culverts and water debris that causes an emergent threat of flooding should be reported to public works department. Residents can report blocked culverts online at www.vernon.ca/report-issue, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 250-549-6757 (after hours call 250-542-5361).
Please leave any debris along lakeshores in place until the risk of flood has passed. The debris acts like a cushion to waves in the event of an onshore wind, reducing sand erosion.
The City also reminds residents to exercise caution, particularly with children and pets, when in the vicinity of fast moving creeks, streams and water. Quickly flowing water and the adjacent riverbanks are potentially unsafe. Don’t approach washouts near rivers, creeks, and culverts.