Public trails along BX Creek will remain closed due to the rapid snow melt, rising water levels, and wet weather.
The regional district is standing by its decision to temporarily close BX Creek Trail — behind BX Dog Park — and BX Creek Falls trail at Tillicum and Silver Star Road.
The warm weather conditions over the past few days have produced a rapid snow melt, and the current weather forecast adds to an increasing water level hazard.
Rainfall amounts of up to 30 mm are expected, causing basins, creeks and streams throughout the North Okanagan to swell.
Signs have been posted along the trails, identifying the closed sections.
Residents are encouraged to follow all notices for their own safety.
Failure to do so could lead to harm or danger of anyone who enters the marked area.
“For the safety of the community, residents need to prepare their homes for potential flooding, and keep away from fast moving creeks and streams,” says Keith Pinkoski, Parks Manager at the RDNO. “We understand that many people enjoy using the BX Creek Trails, but it’s for their own safety that the trail remains closed. We will update the public when the trail and park are safe to use, and no longer at risk.”
Sand and sand bags will be available at the following locations for any resident in the Regional District of North Okanagan electoral areas who require them to protect their property from spring high water swelling.
For the City of Enderby and Electoral Area F – City of Enderby Public Works yard located at 2308 McGowan Ave.
For Electoral Areas B and C – At the North side parking lot of BX Swan Lake Fire Department located at 5764 Silver Star Road/East Dedecker Road.
For the Village of Lumby and Electoral Areas D and E – Across from the arena on Shields Ave.
Residents can receive instant updates on trail conditions by subscribing to the RDNO email list at www.rdno.ca/subscribe.