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Building up creek walls

Alanna Kelly

Workers are racing against time to raise up dikes along Mission Creek as water levels are expected to rise in the coming days.

Four kilometres of Kelowna's Mission Creek Greenway has been closed since Monday so workers can build up the dikes.

EOC operations section chief Alan Newcombe says it's important to keep the dikes high enough so that when high flows happen, they are contained within the channel.

“Along the creek, there are numerous residential areas, so if the water came over the dike, it would impact a lot of private property,” he said.

Fencing blocks off the pathway, and large signs read "park closed due to flooding hazard."

Resident are being told to keep out, as heavy equipment is being used on the trail.

The path under the Gordon Drive bridge has been flooded out, and rising water continues to cover it.

The dikes are being raised up to two feet in some locations.

“Last week, when we had the higher flows, we did notice that in some locations the water came right up to the top of the dike,” said Newcombe.



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