By Joe Fries
Penticton Herald

Cleanup work continued Sunday after a record-setting deluge walloped the region late last week, closing an Oliver-area golf course and chasing two people from their home in Naramata.

Fairview Mountain Golf Club near Oliver is closed until further notice as a result of a mudslide that covered several holes.

Course managers couldn’t be reached for comment Sunday, but RDOS fire services supervisor Brandy Maslowski said the RDOS will send staff to the scene this week to see how it can help with repairs.

Torrential rain Thursday night flooded a home above Gammon Road in Naramata, forcing out the residents and spurring the RDOS to activate its emergency operations centre.

Ms. Maslowski said the EOC was closed at 7 p.m. Friday once the danger had passed.

“We haven’t had anything significant (since then) that we had to bring in staff for,” Maslowski added.

“We’re just kind of in maintenance mode right now.”

That will include patching up a washout on the KVR Trail near Workman Place in Naramata that has left the route closed in that area until further notice.

Meanwhile, the rain also affected two local water systems.


Upwards of 250 homes in the Heritage Hills area south of Penticton were impacted when a roadway was washed out, taking a water line with it. Service was restored Friday evening.

As of Sunday, however, residents on the Sage Mesa water system were still under a water quality advisory due to turbidity.

The widespread damage was due to a weather system Thursday that dumped 29.6 millimetres of rain at the Penticton airport – nearly double the record for that day of 16.3 mm set it 1972, according to Environment Canada data.

And the downpour came just a week after the RDOS issued a bulletin advising people to be ready for spring flooding.

“Seeing the snowpack and the situation, we knew that any kind of significant rain event would cause issues,” said Ms. Maslowski, who hopes the event will spur the public to get ready for the next emergency.

“I’d say it’s a good reminder that people need to get prepared. If we’re going to send a message to the public right now, it’s get your 72-hour kit prepared if you’re in an area where flooding is expected,” she urged.

“And if you had to sandbag last year, be ready to do it again this year.”

In Osoyoos, sand and sandbags are now available on Main Street in a vacant lot across from the Osoyoos Dairy Queen.

“We put them there Friday,” said Janette Van Vianen, the Town’s Director Corporate Services. “We’re monitoring everything closely. If we need more, we’ll be getting more.”

Sand and bags are also available now at firehalls in Willowbrook, Oliver and Naramata and at Keogan Park in Okanagan Falls.


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