Evacs on Philpott Road

Alanna Kelly

UPDATE: 4 p.m.

An evacuation order has been issued for eight properties on Philpott Road in Joe Rich, east of Kelowna.

There is concern a bridge is at risk of washing out and leaving residents isolated, Central Okanagan Emergency Operations reports.

Officials have door-knocked at affected properties to inform residents. Properties under the evacuation order are:

  • 1061 Philpott Road
  • 1120 Philpott Road
  • 1230 Philpott Road
  • 1231 Philpott Road
  • 1330 Philpott Road
  • 1350 Philpott Road
  • 1470 Philpott Road
  • 1495 Philpott Road

Washouts have also resulted in road closures on the 2000 block of Huckleberry Road and the 6300 block of Goudie Road in Joe Rich. 

Crews spent Thursday evaluating flooding mitigation measures after Wednesday’s rain caused localized flooding and record creek flows.

“Today, crews inspected the protection measures that are in place and noted areas that need to be reinforced,” says the EOC says. “Flood prevention and mitigation efforts continue throughout the region as officials monitor roads, culverts, creeks and streams in conjunction with weather patterns.”

Localized flooding was reported along Parsons Road and on the 4800 block of Lakeshore Road.

While Okanagan Lake remains below full pool, smaller area lakes may fluctuate more, the EOC advises.

ORIGINAL: 2:30 p.m.

Residents living along Kelowna's Mission Creek spent all night Wednesday trying to keep raging water from flooding their homes.

Ken Jacobs said he set an alarm on his phone every hour to gas the pumps that were working round the clock to keep water away.

“We are worried about everybody’s yard,” he said.

BC Wildfire Service crews were busy barricading the home, working to create a U-shaped wall of sandbags.

Jacobs noticed water coming in about 7 p.m. It did get into the home early this morning, but was able to be vacuumed up.

Real-time hydrometric data shows the peak water discharge through Mission Creek was at 125 cubic metres per second overnight.

Numerous areas across Kelowna are starting to see water spill over creek banks.

On Wednesday night, a section of the Parkinson Recreation Centre property was flooded by Mill Creek. Yellow caution tape fences off the bike path, and a line of sandbags is underwater.

McMillan Farms off Spiers Road is being flooded by Mission Creek. 

"Ministry of Forests should have dredged, and City of Kelowna ignored the problem," the farm posted on Instagram

In Joe Rich, a section of Huckleberry Road has been destroyed by rushing water. And Goudie Road turned into a creek after Daves Creek flooded, forcing its closure Wednesday night.

The River Forecast Centre expects Mission Creek flows will spike May 16, to 151.6 cubic metres per second. 

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