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Now that spring has
officially arrived, some Central Okanagan property owners should consider protecting
their property and reducing the risk of damage from potential flooding.

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A Local State of Emergency has been rescinded now that work to protect public infrastructure along Mission Creek has successfully and safely been completed.

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The Regional District of Central Okanagan, at the request of Emergency Management BC has declared a Local State of Emergency in order to protect critical infrastructure along Mission Creek in the Joe Rich area of the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area.



In the interest of public safety, the Regional District has complied with the request and declared the Local State of Emergency affecting a property in the 11200 block of Highway 33 east.

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With rain in the longer-term forecast next week for the Central Okanagan, the continued melting of the high elevation snowpack and area lakes at high levels, waterfront property owners and those living nearby along near creeks and streams are encouraged to take steps needed to protect their property.



The High Streamflow Advisory that was issued earlier this week by the BC River Forecast Centre for the Okanagan, including Mission Creek has now ended.  The Centre says creeks have risen and are starting to gradually recede.

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The BC River Forecast Centre has issued a High Streamflow Advisory affecting the Mission Creek and other small watersheds in the Okanagan.



The advisory means that with significant rains yesterday and more rain in the forecast into tomorrow, river levels are rising or are expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected.  Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible in the Central Okanagan.

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The Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program advises a Flood Watch issued Sunday by the BC River Forecast Centre for the Mission Creek watershed, ended earlier today.



Cooler temperatures and moderate rainfall over the past few days have resulted in lower flows and levels in Mission Creek.

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With a change in the weather expected to bring rain, the BC River Forecast Centre has upgraded an earlier streamflow advisory to a Flood Watch for the Mission Creek watershed.



A Flood Watch means that river levels are rising and will approach or may exceed bankfull.  Flooding of areas adjacent to affected rivers may occur.  The Provincial agency says Mission Creek is sensitive to any additional water input that may happen as a result of forecast rain on Monday and Tuesday, with heavier rain amounts expected over higher terrain.  If rainfall amounts are lower than forecast, flooding may not occur.

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The BC River Forecast Centre has issued a High Streamflow Advisory affecting the Mission Creek and other small watersheds in the Okanagan.



The higher elevation snowpack has been melting rapidly since the start of this current warm spell late last week and with Environment Canada forecasting increased temperatures through the end of the week, Central Okanagan creeks are expected to keep rising, reaching their highest level late Friday or Saturday.

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With warmer daytime temperatures in the forecast, it’s expected more snow at the higher elevations will melt resulting in faster flows and rising levels of Central Okanagan creeks and streams. 



While there are currently no watches or advisories in effect, residents and property owners in low lying and flood prone areas are encouraged to take the steps they need to prepare and protect their properties as conditions can change rapidly during the spring runoff.

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With more localized thundershower activity today in the Central Okanagan and possible heavy rains over the Mission Creek watershed, the BC River Forecast Centre has added a High Streamflow Advisory for Mission Creek.



This could result once again in minor flooding in low lying areas and rapid rises in creek levels and flows.



Local crews continue to monitor the status of Mission Creek and other area creeks in light of the isolated thundershowers

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The Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program and Joe Rich Fire Rescue are continuing to monitor the status of a property adjacent to Mission Creek in the Joe Rich area.



This afternoon, a Professional Engineer and program officials attended the private property, in the 11,200 block of Highway 33 near the Three Forks Bridge.  While Mission Creek is flowing around the principle residence, the Engineer has determined that at the present time, there are no required actions that could be safely completed due to the high water.

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Mission Creek once again approached record levels as a result of more than 40 millimetres of rain falling in the watershed on Saturday.  Early today there was a rapid rise in the creek level and flow with the heavy rainfall yesterday.  While it’s now showing a slight decrease, local emergency officials urge caution as additional rainfall could see another increase.

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There some good news for those property owners that might have been affected by the recent flooding in Kelowna.


Emergency Management BC has advised the Regional District of Central Okanagan Emergency Program that Disaster Financial Assistance has been approved related to any Overland Flooding damage caused by the rain induced flooding June 9th. 

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The Evacuation Alert affecting 14 properties in the Mission Creek area of Joe Rich has been rescinded.



The alert was issued early Sunday morning as heavy rains caused a rapid rise in both the flow and level of Mission Creek.


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A Local State of Emergency has been rescinded now that work to protect Mission Creek has successfully and safely been completed.



The Regional Emergency Program and Joe Rich Fire Rescue continue to monitor weather and creek conditions and will as warranted, evaluate the status of the Evacuation Alert, which remains in effect.



The Evacuation Alert affects 14 properties in the eastern portion of Joe Rich as the potential remains for flooding.


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A Local State of Emergency continues for a property in the 11200 block of Highway 33 in order to protect Mission Creek from the environmental hazards posed by structures on the property in the Joe Rich area.



The Local State of Emergency provides special powers to a Local Government in order to protect public health and safety, the environment and public infrastructure.


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The Regional District of Central Okanagan declared a Local State of Emergency in order to protect the environment of Mission Creek in the Joe Rich area of the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area.



The declaration allows the Regional District to access a property in the 11200 Block of Highway 33, near Mission Creek and the Three Forks Bridge crossing the creek, in order to conduct a professional engineering assessment and take appropriate actions related to outbuildings and structures on the property.  With high creek flows and levels of the creek there is an imminent risk to public health and safety and the environment of the creek.


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An Evacuation Alert has been issued by the Regional District of Central Okanagan for 14 properties in the eastern portion of Joe Rich adjacent to Mission Creek due to the potential for flooding as a result of increased water flows and levels of Mission Creek.

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Kelowna, B.C. – The local state of emergency and evacuation alert for people living at 549 Truswell Rd. have been rescinded.
Residents of 30 rental units at the Walnut Grove property were placed on 20-minute evacuation alert on the evening on June 14. Part of a retaining wall on the property along Mission Creek was washed away and the rest of the wall was in jeopardy of falling into the creek.
City crews worked overnight to bring in 40 loads of large rip-rap rock to stabilize the property against the fast-flowing high water in Mission Creek.
Residents are asked to continue to exercise caution near any area creeks and streams. Please keep children and pets safely ...

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Kelowna, B.C. – A local state of emergency remains in place this morning for the Walnut Grove property on Truswell Road.
City crews worked through the night to deliver 30 loads of rock to stabilize a failing retaining wall along Mission Creek.
Updates will be posted when new information is available.

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Kelowna, B.C. – A failing retaining wall at the Walnut Grove property at 549 Truswell Rd. has prompted a local state of emergency.
Residents at the 30-unit rental property have been placed on evacuation alert.
Part of a retaining wall abutting Mission Creek at the back of the Walnut Grove property has fallen into the creek and the rest of the wall lining the creek is in jeopardy of falling.
After monitoring Mission Creek water flow at the property throughout the day and an inspection Thursday evening by a hydrological engineer, emergency officials decided to put the residents on evacuation alert.
City crews are preparing to remove some soil from the area and bring in ...

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Significant rainfall forecast for the Central Okanagan this week could result in rising water levels in area creeks and streams. 









Overnight tonight and tomorrow, up to 30 millimeters of rain is possible for our area and as a result, the Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program is advising those property owners living in low-lying areas near creeks to remain alert and take steps to protect their properties in case water levels rise quickly.


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The BC River Forecast Centre says a High Streamflow Advisory has ended for the Okanagan.

 


While the threat of flooding has moderated with more seasonal temperatures in the forecast, the Central Okanagan Emergency program and local agencies continue monitoring the flow and levels of area creeks and water courses.


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It’s expected that with warmer daytime temperatures in the forecast, more snow in the higher elevations will melt resulting in faster flows and rising levels of Central Okanagan creeks and streams.  The BC River Forecast Centre has a High Streamflow Advisory in place for the Okanagan.

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Central Okanagan residents have experienced and witnessed first-hand the impact on their families, neighbourhoods and communities of threatening large scale emergencies.

 


As the Regional Emergency Program staff is conducting their annual training sessions in advance of Emergency Preparedness Week May 6th through 12th, they’re encouraging Central Okanagan families to do the same:  Know the Risks, Make a Plan and Get a Kit. 


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Central Okanagan waterfront property owners and those living near creeks, streams and low lying areas should consider making annual flood protection preparations.  They’re responsible for taking the necessary precautions against the risk of flooding.


 


Local governments and the Provincial Government are monitoring water levels and weather conditions connected to the annual spring runoff and if needed will issue further notices. 


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With the rescinding of the Local State of Emergency by the District of West Kelowna on Thursday, April 26th for the McDougall Creek flooding, the Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) is no longer activated and operating.  However monitoring of area creeks and water courses will continue during the spring freshet and runoff season.

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After assessing McDougall Creek near Hitchner Road, which overflowed its banks last night, the District of West Kelowna is lifting the Local State of Emergency. The area is still at risk due to continuing rainy conditions and spring thaw activity, but emergency and District Operations personnel will keep a close watch in the coming hours. As there is no imminent threat to life and safety, the State of Emergency has been lifted.

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An assessment of flooded properties along Hitchner Road due to overflowing McDougall Creek is being conducted by West Kelowna Fire Rescue District of West Kelowna Operations staff this morning. Further updates are expected after 11 a.m. The Local State of Emergency is still in effect at this time and six properties are under evacuation order.

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As work continues today reinforcing the dike along a section of Mission Creek, emergency officials are also concerned for boaters on Okanagan Lake.

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A state of local emergency was declared this morning by Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd for two properties along Mission Creek.

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