Thursday evening 7:30
Meadows Drive north of Salamander Avenue
Car rolls over steep embankment – driver ejected – boy and woman trapped in crushed car
Jaws of life used to help get passengers out ( real actors )
Driver lifted to top of hill to a waiting ambulance
Archives for March 29, 2018
A Local State of Emergency remains in effect for the Willowbrook area north west of Oliver, BC due to flooding along Kearns Creek affecting approximately 20 homes. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has hired a specialized hydrologist to look at options for moving water through the area. The RDOS has also received funding from Emergency Management BC to do a 2018 specific flood risk assessment based on the heavy rain received and high snow pack in the southern Interior.
The Willowbrook area is located upstream of a number of other homes along Kearns Creek. Looking at the effects of water upstream and downstream of the community will be considered before digging or pumping will be enacted.
“Before we can start trenching or pumping water we need to understand what the consequences will be,” states Paul Edmonds. “Speeding up water in one place could damage homes and property lower down. That risk needs to be understood.”
The water in Willowbrook remain stable but a concern is slowly rising ground water. Rising ground water is a concern for the entire RDOS as snows melt. Residents should check basements for water and prepare their property for any potential run off. Sand and sandbags are available across the south Okanagan for homeowners. See below for sand and sandbag locations.
From: Rick Knodel, Alternate Director, RDOS Area C (Oliver)
With the Kearns creek flow slowing, for now, I would personally like to thank all of the volunteers who came from not only Willow brook but the whole area. It restored my faith in humanity. We hear so much negative about the youth today but that was not the case here. There were a number of young people, teens, and preteens who worked diligently filling sandbags. I noticed one young girl (no that’s wrong I have to call her a young lady) consistently loading sandbags onto trailers, these sandbags must have been close to half her weight.These young people earned my full respect and deserve to be commended.
While Director Terry Schafer allowed me to become the media face it must be pointed out that he worked selflessly behind the curtain at hounding the various Govt. departments and reminding them of their culpability in both causing and then ignoring the problem. We know the solution and that has now been turned over to the RDOS to implement.
That now leaves Director Schafer with another bureaucracy to motivate, he will need our help.
I say this was selfless in that every repair to the flow of Kearns Creek sends that water downstream to Director Schafer’s neighborhood where he is also flooding. Every pump that can be commissioned should be put into service pumping over into the river from Island road to Road 22. Our help will also be needed there.
Were this a forest fire untold resources would be thrown at it by the province.This is no less an emergency so it falls to us the people to see to it that all govt. departments step up to the plate and start doing their part.
They can have their meetings afterward.