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The Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program advises a High Streamflow Advisory has now ended.  It was issued last Thursday by the BC River Forecast Centre for the Mission Creek and other small watersheds in the Central Okanagan.


Even though the advisory has ended, until the spring snowmelt and runoff is complete, the Regional District of Central Okanagan Emergency Program encourages 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.

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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 Central Okanagan.


The snowpack has been melting rapidly with this week’s warmer temperatures and is expected to combine with moderate to heavy amounts of rain (10 to 50 millimeters) through the region into the Victoria Day long weekend, Central Okanagan creeks are expected to see increased flows and rising levels.  The Centre says depending on rainfall amounts, flows on Mission Creek may approach or exceed the two year flow level and smaller watercourses may see localized issues.


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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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.









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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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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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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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The BC River Forecast Centre has ended a High Streamflow Advisory for Mission Creek.



While the creek flow and level has dropped over the past 24 hours, the Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program continues to urge residents to stay safely back from the edge of local creeks and streams.  Creek banks could be slippery due to the recent high water levels and in some places, may have sustained erosion and undercutting.

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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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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 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 remains in effect for 14 properties* in the eastern portion of Joe Rich near Mission Creek as the potential remains for possible flooding.


Weather and creek conditions are being monitored by Joe Rich Fire Rescue and the Regional Emergency Program.  The status of the alert will be evaluated over the next few days and will be affected by any changes in both the creek levels and weather.

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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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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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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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