May 10, 2020

The flood watch has begun

Just a few days ago on May 7th our first step became covered.  Previous to that we have watched our beach being covered inch by inch.

Colin is measuring twice a day and keeping a record.  I don’t think he owns any shoes 🙂

As of this morning our second step is covered.  From 6 pm last night to 6 pm tonight the water has risen exactly 6 inches.  We had a high of 24C today and so the snow cap continues to melt. By Colin’s calculations, if the lake continues to rise at at 6 inches per day then it will start to come over into our yard in one week.  Our entire yard will be flooded within ten days.

Neighbours launched their canoe elsewhere this morning but returned via our steps. They told us that the bird island is under water.

Yesterday was our first sighting of goslings.  They were mid lake and this was my max zoom.

We checked the bird island out after our morning walk today.  My heart is breaking.  What happened to all the nests?  Ducklings and goslings are just now being born or not!  I can only assume that the eggs and nests drifted away. The lake has been very quiet today, I only saw two separate geese drifting along and two male ducks swimming together.

Our walk was to check out the creek running into our lake. It is moving very fast.

The snow pack it 130% of normal, higher than when we were flooded and officially evacuated in 2017.  It won’t be long before the creek crests the bank onto the newly repaired golf course which was destroyed in May of 2017. You can see the snow up there still waiting to melt.

May 2017 and the front of our home.

May 2017 and the street in front of our driveway. I don’t think that I am ready to deal with another flood but what choice do I have.  Colin has already compiled a flood list with his to do’s to prepare which he plans to impliment tomorrow.

Meanwhile just above the creek the beauty of nature continues.  Can you see the hint of yellow here and there?

Kelowna’s official floral emblem is the Arrowleaf Balsamroot. Often offered to as the Okanagan Sunflower, a tall yellow flower native to British Columbia. It grows in the hills around Kelowna from mid April to the end of May every spring. Lovely to see at this time of year, the raging creek not so much.

I wished I had something like this the other day when we went grocery shopping and I was being pushed from behind with only an inch to spare.

On a brighter note, Colin got this shot of the super moon rising last Thursday May 7th.  We just sat in our recliners and watched it all happen.

I love the foreground.





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14 responses so far

14 Responses to “The flood watch has begun”

  1. Don & Kathy McKelvay says:

    Fantastic moon shots Colin. Here is hoping the creek don’t rise too much. Glad you have a plan in case it does.

  2. Jannose says:

    Beautiful shots of the moon. I sure hope you don’t have a flood.

  3. Because you need another thing to worry about! This is the year of no breaks at all. All fingers and toes crossed it doesn’t get that bad again

  4. Sandie DIXON says:

    And the problems just won’t stop. I am so sorry you’re facing another flood.

  5. Hopefully the water will start to recede before it gets much higher.
    Nature always has a way of helping the wildlife.
    Wonderful shots of the Full Moon.
    Be Safe and Enjoy the warmer days.

    It’s about time.

  6. Linda and Russell says:

    Beautiful pictures of the moon.

    Prayers that flood waters recede, but good that Colin is prepared. We’ll be thinking of you both.

  7. Maxx Trails says:

    Hopefully it won’t be as bad as 2017! Beautiful pictures of the moon.

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