Fire chief possibly swept away in Cache Creek floods

RCMP and Kamloops Search and Rescue are searching a section of the creek in Cache Creek.

A search is underway for Cache Creek fire chief who has gone missing after checking the creek’s water levels.

Ashcroft RCMP and Kamloops Search and Rescue are conducting a search along a portion of Cache Creek, according to a press release, suggesting Clayton Cassidy may have been swept away by the swift waters.

The 59-year-old was reported missing Friday morning. His last known whereabouts were checking creek water levels near Brookside Campground, police said. His vehicle was also found at the location.

“The Cache Creek RCMP have activated area Search and Rescue resources, which include swift water technicians and SAR Service dog teams,” said Cpl Dan Moskaluk.

“Currently, an extensive ground and waters’ edge search is underway.”

Cities in the Okanagan and Interior are experiencing flooding due to heavy rainfalls and thunderstorms, including Kelowna and Vernon, where an evacuation order is currently in affect for Fintry Provincial Park

More to come.

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