Road-repair crews were hoping for a sunny day today (May 7, 2017) and it looks like they’re getting their wish. The rain that has drenched the B.C. Interior for the past several days, swelling creeks and runoff areas and washing out roads and flooding properties, has stopped.
The forecast for today is sunshine with a few clouds and a high of 19, with no further precipitation until at least mid-week.
That’s music to the ears of homeowners, motorists and emergency repair crews who have been working desperately to catch up to runoff flooding all over the Kamloops region.
An Argo Road Maintenance spokesperson said today there are wet spots everywhere, with road closures in many areas, but they’re hoping to make significant headway today in getting things back to normal.
The Thompson Nicola Regional District issued another evacuation alert Saturday night, this one for about 30 properties near Mamit Lake, where Guichon Creek breached its banks. The Mamit Lake Dam was being closely watched.
Properties on Beech Road, Marshall Road, Carrington Street, Guichon Avenue, Gray Avenue and the Merritt-Spences Bridge Highway 8 are affected by the alert.
The TNRD said residents would be given as much advance warning as possible should an evacuation order be needed.
Friday, an evacuation order was issued for several properties in Cherry Creek, while others were put on alert. Several homes had water in their basements. Saturday, an evacuation alert was issued in the Mill Creek and Lower Nicola areas.
Barnhartvale Road at Campbell Creek was still open Friday night but was closed Saturday morning, with cars detouring via Blackwell Dairy Road. Several residences along the creek were being protected with sandbags provided by the City.
Water services were interrupted at Heffley Creek when a water main ruptured. Part of the old Highway 5 into the community collapsed, causing a complete road closure.
Heffley Creek Water Works District was repairing the ruptured water main in Heffley Creek. Potable water was being provided to affected residents at Heffley Creek elementary school until water service can be restored, at which point a boil water advisory will be in effect.
There were also reports of water over-running culverts up and down Heffley-Louis Creek Road.
The bank at Noble Creek has been temporarily repaired and the water returned to its natural water course. The City’s Public Works department cleared the roadway and reopened Westsyde Road.
Flooded fields and farm buildings were a common site throughout the region.
In Westwold, farm properties were flooded and the water washed over a long section of highway, forcing motorists to drive through water at least six inches deep.
Both the City of Kamloops and TNRD opened emergency operations centres over the weekend. Kinder Morgan and FortisBC crews were also kept busy over the weekend.
In Cache Creek, there’s been no further word on fire chief Clayton Cassidy, who has been missing since early Friday morning when he went to check the water level in Cache Creek. His vehicle was found still running.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story said the Mamit Lake area was under an order; it has been corrected to say “alert.”