Oliver Mudslide – Revisited

Now that the shock of this event has worn off and the news cameras have moved on, some of you might be wondering what the Oliver mudslide is looking like at the moment. It’s easy to miss it if you are driving on highway 97 because it goes by almost as quickly as it happened. However, this will be something that this community will not forget for some time.

The first photo was taken from a similar angle to the one on my previous entry about the mudslide. Testalinden Creek has now carved itself a smaller path and it less torential than it appeared on the evening of the slide, when the lake high above on Mt. Kobau still had more water to drain.

The mud has dried and is essentially loose dirt with large rocks scattered throughout. While it still looks a little rough now, both man and nature will reclaim this land again. I’m kind of curious to follow the renewal of the properties along Testalinden Creek over the next few years. In 1983, Tinhorn Creek (the creek, not the winery) experienced a mudslide which is now largely forgotten and wouldn’t be noticed by tourists or people new to the area. An article in the Osoyoos Times printed a photo and description of the events as recounted by a witness to the damage to the property that would later become Tinhorn Creek Winery.

Nature can build and destroy, sometimes with the same stroke. The Okanagan Valley, with forest fires, extreme heat, deep lakes and natural geological wonders, is a great place to witness it firsthand.