With a higher than average snowpack at the upper elevations in the Okanagan, some Central Okanagan property owners should be reviewing their flood preparedness plans.
Those who’ve had issues with flooding in the past; live next to creeks and streams or with lakefront properties should take some time to review and update their plan to prepare and protect their property from potential damage from rising water levels.
The Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program advises a High Streamflow Advisory issued Sunday by the BC River Forecast Centre for the Mission Creek and other watersheds east of Kelowna to Vernon, has now ended.
The Centre says rainfall has ended through the South Interior and river levels have eased from last week’s high snow melt and precipitation.
Even though the advisory has ended, until the spring snowmelt and runoff is complete, the Regional District of Central Okanagan Emergency Program continues to encourage all property owners adjacent to and in low lying areas of Mission Creek and other Central Okanagan water bodies to take appropriate measures to protect their property and to make an emergency plan in the event any possible flooding occurs due to weather conditions.
The District of West Kelowna is declaring a local State of Emergency and evacuating six properties along Hitchner Road due to flooding of McDougall Creek.