Freshet (Spring Run-Off) is the period of time in the spring, typically from April to July, where creeks swell from snow melt. Freshet flooding may occur where atmospheric conditions lead to rapid melt and stream channels become overwhelmed.
Freshet flooding can generally be forecasted using information related to snow packs, predicted weather and knowledge of stream channel capacities. These forecasts generally create a foundation for an enhanced level of readiness.
Warmer temperatures and a higher than average snow packs can result in higher flows and rising levels along water bodies throughout the Central Okanagan. A sudden prolonged warm spell combined with heavy rains could increase the risk of above average river or creek levels and potential flooding.
Local governments and the BC Ministry of Environment monitor water levels and weather conditions connected to the annual spring runoff and if needed issue further notices.
With warmer temperatures and the higher elevation snowpack melting, the levels of Trepanier creek, Peachland creek and other area creeks will rise and water will flow faster. At this time of year, please use caution around all local water bodies.
People are reminded that water levels may rise unexpectedly. Residents and their pets should stay safely back from creek banks, which may be slippery or subject to erosion from the spring runoff.