Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Monday, May 21, 2018

The property begins to emerge from the brown water.....

New beach on the lawn.

Season Passes

BMR posted May 18th on Facebook that season passes will be going on sale soon...............................

Sunday, May 20, 2018

That time of year.........

There are always animals on the road, but the messiest ones are on their way up McKinney Road.

Sunday Melt Pics

Kettle River - a little relief...........

Mother Nature eased up a little on the temperature, and the forecast moisture did not fall from the sky. The river is still higher than it was May 14th, but did not go back up to the devastating surge of May 10th.

Forecast looking much better:


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Travel notes........

The Similkameen was quite something today - I have never seen it like that..........of course I wasn't born yet for the flood of 1948.

Lots of groundwater seepage near the highway too.

Coming "over the hump" from Cawston there are 3 places of single lane - one spot half the road has given way - Reed Creek is raging through Ernie and Cheryl's property. Reed Creek has been heavy for a while now - I was surprised to see it still that strong.

There is a drilling rig set up on the buckled highway above Rock Creek.

The Similkameen is rising, and the Kettle is rising again too - the "Great Wall of Sutherland" is ready for the next peak.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Travel plans?

Check drivebc.ca before you go. Rivers are rising again, and there is potential for problems on Hwy 3 again - west of Keremeos, east of Rock Creek, and at Grand Forks. All open at the moment, but the rivers are forecast to meet or exceed May 10th levels when those areas were flooded.

Hwy 33 has had issues off an on for weeks - currently closed near Kelowna for repairs.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Hwy 3, Just above Rock Creek

I posted a pic of this May 3rd , but the highway started to lift before that. The hillside was burned in 2015, the ground is wet and moving. There are fracture lines in the bank above. On the section of highway below the hairpin, a continuation of this slip is evident, more signs of slumping, and fairly frequent clean out of fresh mud in the ditch.

My guess is that they are thinking disturbing it now could be more problematic than waiting for it to dry out a bit.

This video is from a few days ago.

This video from Friday...........

Osoyoos Lake Levels

This USGS report as of this morning shows a slight easing of Osoyoos Lake. It is still below the June 2-3 1972 level - images of that one forever etched in my memory.

Osoyoos Lake

So much destruction  - video courtesy Osoyoos Times.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Another Baldy View

Baldy Family, Wet Feet

The Kettle River rose dramatically in the wee hours of Thursday morning - and there was no time for our friends to save items that were thought to be on high enough ground.

Ken and Debbie's house is surrounded by a "moat". Their shop was one of the things lost in the 2015 fires - the replacement shop has water running through it.

Michael and Kelly are OK for now, but you have to drive through a "lake" to get to their house.

The Mayor of Midway and his family were sandbagging at Jesse's Mom's place this afternoon.

Barbara Smith's place is sandbagged, and awfully close to the river.

An army of men and equipment have built a dirt and sandbag wall to try and protect Granton Motors.

The Kettle River RV Park is a lake, and Thursday the water was flowing over the highway into the golf course.

The river has dropped considerably, however they are forecasting another surge soon, with water levels 2 feet higher than the Thursday surge.

"The Great Wall of Sutherland." If the river goes two feet above Thursday, it will be the height of the sandbags behind Dave.

Dave and Sieglinde's place is quite visible, and they have been fortunate to have strangers show up to help the friends and family. When I talked to Ken today, he said they had been on their own with no extra help.

Michael helped Thursday, Ian was there today, Krisie brought her kids and Justin from Phoenix Mountain. Mark and Sherry returned from a holiday to help, and survey the damage to some of their things stored there.

If we focused on sandbagging techniques, we could share some humour. It was fun to interact with the adult nieces and nephews - Sieglinde spent a lot of time with them,  teaching them to ski when they were little.

Help came from Vernon today - I was working with the guys for quite a while before I realized one was nephew Jason. Sister-in-law Gloria and I keep each other going.

I was camped near Westbridge, and we received an evacuation order this afternoon. We were on safe ground, but the concern is the bridges - one was compromised Thursday, then shored up. There is too much water running across the road to get to the alternate bridge. If the river gets as high as they are predicting, the shored up bridge may be unsafe.

River May 10th, 10 feet higher than April 14th.