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Cache Creek flooding causing concerns

Cache Creek back on Flood Watch
Cache Creek Mayor John Ranta checks the water level in Cache Creek Park on May 30 against the level earlier in the day.

Cache Creek was back on Flood Watch last week as snowmelt caused fluctuating levels in the Bonaparte River.

The BC River Forecast Centre reported on May 27 that “River levels have been elevated for the past two weeks due to on-going snowmelt and a number of rainfall events within the region. A low pressure system that moved through the area on the 26th delivered rainfall amounts in the 10-15 cm range.

“The Bonaparte River below Cache Creek is currently rising at 0.5 cm/hour. Flow is between a five-year and 10-year level of 44 m3/s.”

By May 30, the lower areas of the Cache Creek Community Park were drenched as water came up through the ground. The saturated soil made it impossible to bring equipment into the park to work on the town’s drinking water upgrade.

Last week there were reports that basements had taken in water along Collins Rd. adjacent to the river, and there were large pools of water visible in the yards of some of the riverfront properties on Old Cariboo Rd.

Mayor John Ranta surveyed the water in the park on May 30 and noted the drain in the park was reducing the amount of water.

Although, he said it was unlikely that the ground would be firm enough by June 11 to accommodate the classic car Show ‘n Shine, in which case the event might have to be moved to Quartz Rd.