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Flood dangers begin

 

It’s only May, but portions of the North Okanagan and the Shuswap have already experienced flooding and the conditions are only expected to get worse. Rain is in the forecast for the next two days.

Highway 23 is closed in both directions north of Revelstoke after a mudslide swept over the road, which winds along the banks of the Columbia River.

The road is closed in both directions at Mica Dam. It’s expected to reopen at 1 p.m.

Another mudslide has caused a logjam on the Shuswap River, between Mabel Lake and Enderby. Power lines have been knocked down and the Enderby Mabel Lake Road has been closed.

Officials are concerned the logs will damage the Baxter Bridge, located 10 kilometres east of the town. Crews are on scene to monitor the situation as the river upstream is clogged with logs, mud, and debris.

And there are 17 people from the wildfire management branch helping fill sandbags in Lumby. They have been there since Thursday assisting Emergency Management BC with preemptive sandbagging.

Lumby was hit hard last June after Duteau Creek breached its banks and caused severe flooding in the downtown. area.

Another similar incident happened on Sunnybrae Canoe Point Road near Salmon Arm last week.

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