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Update: Warm temperatures bring flooding

Upper Bench Road was closed Thursday afternoon to all but local traffic because of flooding resulting from the snowmelt coming down Campbell Mountain. City crews were assessing the situation and residents in the area are being urged to be vigilant in the coming days.  - Mark Brett/Penticton Western News
Upper Bench Road was closed Thursday afternoon to all but local traffic because of flooding resulting from the snowmelt coming down Campbell Mountain. City crews were assessing the situation and residents in the area are being urged to be vigilant in the coming days.
— image credit: Mark Brett/Penticton Western News

Melt water flows have decreased significantly to the point where crews are now able to control the runoff.

According the City of Penticton it appears there is no longer a risk to private properties.

City crews and some contract equipment will be working for a few more hours to remove pooling water from Upper Bench Road. Once it is safe to do so the road will be opened for traffic.

The city will continue to monitor the situation over the coming days.

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Localized flooding due to warm temperatures and rain has resulted in the temporary closure of Upper Bench Road to all but local traffic.

According to communications officer Mark Parker of the City of Penticton, crews have been on-site assessing the situation and taking care of immediate flooding issues through the use of sandbags, pumping and trucking as required.

The water is coming down Campbell Mountain through the Upper Bench area and pooling in low lying regions. According to Parker two properties on Andrew Place have also been affected by minor flooding.

With warmer temperatures expected to continue for the next couple of days the city is warning residents in those areas to be vigilant of water flowing towards their properties. The city is also making preparations to make sandbags available if needed.

 

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