Central Okanagan  

Flooded property 'OK' says Province

Every year the Muttitt property in Joe Rich floods. This year waters have been running through and around the abandoned homestead for several weeks.

Recent heavy rains have caused Mission Creek to change its channel, bringing water closer to Highway 33.

Mike Noseworthy of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, says they are monitoring Mission Creek closely to ensure the government infrastructure remains safe.

"This year we had to put some rip wrap around the highway, to protect the highway its self (from high waters)."

Yet a worry for many residents in the area, is how structures on the property will hold up against the torrent.

At the start of May Castanet spoke with area resident John Collinson who was concerned the trailer and house would break apart and smash into the bridge, possibly damaging it.

But Noseworthy says that is not an issue, none of the structures on the property pose a threat to the bridge.

"They would most likely break apart, brought down stream and into Okanagan Lake."

The Ministry of the Environment has also conducted an assessment, of the structures and determined none of them pose an environmental threat at this time, even if they end up floating away.

However the assessment was based on a visual observation, as the land is private property and the Ministry was not allowed to venture into any of the structures.

The property is still owned by Verdelle Muttitt, and when Castanet contacted her to inquire what was happening with the land she replied, 'I don't know', and hung up.

For now Mission Creek will continued to be monitored by CORD emergency program and the Ministry.

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