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RCMP go door to door in the early morning hours Monday advising residents of a fire near Smith Creek.   Tuesday afternoon, another fire spreads up a west slope of Mount Boucherie.   What emergency might it be today, or tomorrow?


The Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program asks if these events haven’t got you and your family talking and acting on an emergency plan, won’t it be too late when a knock comes at your door?






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The BC River Forecast Centre has issued a High Streamflow Advisory affecting the Mission Creek and other small to medium watersheds in the Okanagan.  This includes areas east of Kelowna to Vernon

The snowpack has been melting since the warm spell late last week and with a special weather statement issued by Environment Canada forecasting from 15 to 25 millimeters of rain into tomorrow (Monday), Central Okanagan creeks are expected to keep rising, as a result of this additional forecasts rainfall

A High Streamflow Advisory means that river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected.  Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible.

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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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Central Okanagan waterfront property owners and those living near creeks, streams and low lying areas should consider steps to protect their property and reduce the risk of flooding.



Seasonal temperatures and forecast showers are increasing flows and levels of water bodies throughout the Central Okanagan.  A sudden prolonged warm spell combined with heavy rains could increase the risk of above average creek levels and potential flooding.

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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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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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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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The BC Wildfire Management Branch and structural fire crews from West Kelowna and Wilsons Landing continue to battle a fire estimated at approximately 39-hectares in size burning above Westside Road.

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Residents living on Westside Road south of Bear Creek Provincial Park and north of Sailview Bay (901 Westside Road) are on evacuation alert effective immediately. All residents should be prepared to evacuate on very short notice.

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A forest fire in the Bear Creek Provincial Park area, adjacent to Westside Road, residents and visitors in Traders Cove, Bear Creek Service Road and Bear Creek Provincial Park have been evacuated and a state of emergency has been declared.

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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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