The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is continuing to implement the plans to control the drainage in the Sportsmens Bowl area. Recent efforts have focused on increasing the capacity to directly pump water from Park Rill Creek into the Okanagan River channel.
A fourth pump is currently being installed at the lower Island Way Road location. A fifth pump and drive-over ramp will also be installed along the creek at Park Rill Road.
Park Rill Road will remain open for emergency vehicles but will be closed to the public.
Just above the catch basin constructed to join both arms of the Park Rill creek in Sportsman’s Bowl – to cross the Hwy.
Efforts to remove restrictions along Park Rill Creek are also continuing. FLNRORD, in coordination with the DFO, is removing obstructions to allow for increasing flows from the Sportsmens Bowl area. Once obstructions are removed and the oxbows on the south side of Hwy 97 at Sportsmens Bowl Road are prepared to receive more water, the Regional District will coordinate with MoTI on the timing of the opening the two new culverts beneath the highway to allow the water to flow into the creek through to the channel.Information Source – RDOS EO CentrPhotographs: Oliver Daily News
Tomlin’s happy with response to flooding – “Kudos to Forestry workers for wading into the water up to their waist to get the job done.”