Testalinda Creek

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A vineyard near Oliver, BC after the June, 2010 mudslide.

Testalinda is a historic area, school, creek, and a dam south of the Okanagan town of Oliver, British Columbia. (On some provincial maps the name Testalinda is replaced with the misnomer Testalinden).

The dam at Testalinden Lake located on Mt. Kobau burst June 13, 2010 at approximately 2:15 creating a debris torrent landslide that descended about 2 kilometres to the valley below destroying at least 5 homes and farms. The dam was built in the 1930s and was in poor maintenance at the time. After a heavy rainfall the dam wasn't able to hold up the lake above and gave way. The debris blocked British Columbia Highway 97 and the creek created a new channel spilling over the highway. BC Highway 97 was cleared with the challenge of removing a home that slid onto the highway. Testalinden Creek was later rehabilitated by returning it to its former channel, which was heavily armoured with rock.

On August 14, 2015, lightning caused a large wildfire in the Testalinda Creek area. Strong winds quickly spread the fire, which burned 5,202 hectares.