WATERFRONT VIEWS Property owners in the Dale Meadows area of Summerland have temporary waterfront views as melting snow has resulted in shallow ponds near their homes. The snow pack levels recorded this year are below normal and considerably lower than the levels recorded at the same time a year ago. (John Arendt/Summerland Review)

Summerland experiences effects of sudden warm temperatures

Water pools near sports fields; minor landslide affects Garnet Valley Road as snow melts

The sudden onset of warm spring temperatures has resulted in rapid melting and a minor slide, but officials with the municipality of Summerland say the conditions are typical for this time of the year.

Linda Tynan, chief administrative officer for Summerland, said the snow pack levels this year have been considerably lower than last year’s snow pack.

Last year, creeks spilled their banks and the level of Okanagan Lake rose, causing flooding along the lakeshore.

But this year, the snow pack has been much lower than normal.

The latest measurements, taken on March 1, showed a snow pack level of 82 per cent of the historical average for that date at the Summerland Reservoir and 60 per cent of the historical average at Isintok Lake.

A year ago, on April 1, 2018, the snow pack measurements taken at the Summerland Reservoir and at Isintok Lake both showed considerably more snow than normal. On that date, both sites were at 159 per cent of the historical averages.

However, despite the lower snow pack levels this year, the community is already experiencing signs of spring snow melt.

Portions of the Dale Meadows Sports Complex are under water, with ducks swimming in shallow ponds near bleachers.

Nearby fields are also covered with water, but Tynan said there is nothing unusual about the conditions in this area.

Earlier this month, municipal crews were called after a minor landslide occurred in the Garnet Valley area of Summerland.

“That’s the typical freeze and thaw scenario,” Tynan said.

While the water ran for a few hours and while police were called to direct traffic on the road, Tynan said such conditions are typical during the snow melt.

To report a typo, email:
news@summerlandreview.com
.



news@summerlandreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Summerland skater excels at 2019 Victoria Day Super Series

Yuzuki Onishi competed at recent skating event

Sentencing for South Okanagan man who sent Christmas card to shooting victim

A South Okanagan dangerous offender tacked on another nine months of prison time

Gucci Mane concert officially postponed in Penticton

Agency is looking at new tour dates between the Sept. 3 and 15

LETTER: Statement about Fortin included incorrect information

Comments made publicly had suggested a double standard

COLUMN: The view is worth the climb

Reflections on Summerland’s Giants Head Grind and marital commitment

Kelowna toddler suffers cracked skull after fall from balcony

Neighbour who found the two-year-old boy said he has a bump the size of a golf ball on his head

Baby boom seniors putting pressure on B.C. long-term care: report

B.C. leads Canada in growth of dementia, dependence on care

RCMP probe if teen was intentionally hit with ski pole by mystery skier on B.C. mountain

The incident happened on March 20 on Grouse Mountain. Police are urging witnesses to come forward

VegFest drops Okanagan Ice Pops as sponsor

Controversy stirs over a bacon-chocolate flavoured popsicle

Roadside device to weed out THC can’t detect impairment, B.C. lawyer says

‘This fact alone is likely to have serious implications for Canadians’ Charter Rights,’ lawyer Sarah Leamon warns

Okanagan company wins contract for Kitimat LNG project

SK Form & Finish will work with equivalent of 4,000 fully loaded concrete trucks

VIDEO: Fire damaged Salmon Arm 7-Eleven demolished

7-Eleven representative says company interested opening elsewhere in Salmon Arm

Bizarre incident in Okanagan alley leads to arrest of Calgary man

A man was witnessed jumping on a car ‘acting like an ape’

Most British Columbians agree the ‘big one’ is coming, but only 50% are prepared

Only 46 per cent of British Columbians have prepared an emergency kit with supplies they might need

Most Read