Local state of emergency

Colton Davies

The District of Summerland has declared a local state of emergency in Garnet Valley due to a swollen Aeneas Creek that has now breached its banks.

The creek has caused localized flooding on some private properties, says a news release from the municipality.

“At this time, water is making its way back into Aeneas Creek, however, as the creek level continues to rise, this flood water may find an alternate path away from the creek making it more difficult to manage,” the district says. “This would result in an impact to a much larger area.”

Crews are in the process of installing berms in the area to divert the water back into the creek. District staff are also monitoring the creek for obstructions and will be clearing them to keep the water flowing.

Water has been spilling over the Garent Dam since April 19, many weeks ahead of usual. The area was impacted by significant localized flooding last year. Crews are also in the process of installing an emergency bridge to maintain access to the Garnet Dam. 

A Castanet reporter is on the way to the scene.

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