Video/photos: Warm temperatures bring spring flooding to Cariboo region

Water was rushing through the culvert and over the road on Westcoast Road in Wildwood Saturday. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Water was rushing through the culvert and over the road on Westcoast Road in Wildwood Saturday. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Members of the Wildwood Volunteer Fire Department, neighbours and family work to place sandbags on a driveway along Westcoast Road. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Members of the Wildwood Volunteer Fire Department, neighbours and family work to place sandbags on a driveway along Westcoast Road. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
High water has flooded a storage shed and covered some yards in the area of Bailey Road. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)High water has flooded a storage shed and covered some yards in the area of Bailey Road. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
High water along Bailey Road looking toward Reservoir Lake. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)High water along Bailey Road looking toward Reservoir Lake. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Kim Ramier and Chris Phillips sandbagged Saturday afternoon to protect their home from flooding at Bailey Road. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Kim Ramier and Chris Phillips sandbagged Saturday afternoon to protect their home from flooding at Bailey Road. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Ford Place is also experiencing flooding in Wildwood. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Ford Place is also experiencing flooding in Wildwood. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Wildwood neighbours Cheryl Michalchuk and Marion Bremner social distance while getting to know each other better in the face of spring flooding. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Wildwood neighbours Cheryl Michalchuk and Marion Bremner social distance while getting to know each other better in the face of spring flooding. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Members of the Wildwood Volunteer Fire Department help move sandbags into place to protect a home along Westcoast Road. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Members of the Wildwood Volunteer Fire Department help move sandbags into place to protect a home along Westcoast Road. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
High waters at Bailey Road. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)High waters at Bailey Road. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
The view from Highway 97 looking toward Bailey Road. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)The view from Highway 97 looking toward Bailey Road. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Warm, spring weather brought flooding to parts of the Cariboo Saturday, April 18.

Neighbours on Bailey Road banned together to help Kim Ramier and Chris Phillips sandbag to protect their home along a small waterway that turned into a torrent of muddy water rushing through the neighbourhood just north of Williams Lake.

Ramier, who works as an emergency room nurse at Cariboo Memorial Hospital, said the flooding was the result of past ditch work along Bailey Road and spring melt joining waters from nearby Reservoir Lake.

She said they also experienced flooding just before Christmas and feels they haven’t been provided much support by government.

“I have discovered as a home owner I am solely responsible for protecting my home,” Ramier said. “CRD doesn’t help regarding manpower.”

North of Bailey Road in the community of Wildwood, neighbours were also helping neighbours sandbag to protect a home from flooding on Westcoast Road and at Ford Place.

Marion Bremner watched her lawn disappear under a blanket of water Saturday afternoon as the daytime temperatures climbed. Fortunately Bremner’s home is situated high enough up not to be affected by the swollen Minton Creek, however, her neighbours Cheryl Michalchuk and David Pocock’s home is more vulnerable to the flooding.

Residents said it usually floods a little in the area, but nothing like the waters seen rushing across Westcoast Road Saturday. Members of the Wildwood Volunteer Fire Department were on scene to help bag and set up sandbags Saturday late afternoon, while staff from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) were also on hand to monitor the situation.

Water was also high in an area of the Likely Road near Kengin Road Saturday evening, while earlier in the day MOTI responded to flooding at Sugar Cane, south of Williams Lake.

The Cariboo Regional District activated its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) Friday, April 17 to respond to flooding issues in the region.


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