Flooding Causes Highway Problems
High winds put flood defences to the test Thursday and rain in the forecast isn't good news. The City of Vernon began installing Tiger Dams as temporary flood protection along Lakeshore Road and City-owned portions of Kin Beach.
Crews worked through the night to repair a section of Highway 97 at Antler's Beach south of Peachland after waves of water, whipped up by Thursday night's gusty wind, splashed up from Okanagan lake onto the highway. Crews have now shored-up that section of shoreline and removed debris. The Highway re-opened in both directions Friday morning.
A closure on the Transcanada Highway 25km's West of Revelstoke could last as long as two days. The Camp Creek Bridge was overpowered by a creek last night, pushing debris onto the Highway.
The Highway has been closed since about 11pm Thursday night. Motorists are being diverted to the Shelter Bay Ferry South of Revelstoke, and then to Highway 6 to access the Okanagan, but are being told to expect long delays.
Highway 1 was closed westbound from Golden Friday morning, expect for local traffic only, due to vehicle capacity in Revelstoke. Drivers are urged to use the Yellowhead or the Crownest routes if driving between Alberta and BC.