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Creeks throughout the Central Okanagan are on the rise thanks to the sunshine and high daytime temperatures. While the low and mid-elevation snowpack has pretty much melted the higher than normal upper elevation snow levels are starting their descent. At the present time there are no areas of concern, however if the warm weather is combined with heavy rains, the risk of above average creek levels and potential flooding could rise. Local governments and the BC Ministry of Environment continue to monitoring water levels and weather conditions connected to the annual spring runoff and if needed the BC River Forecast Centre will issue advisories, watches and warnings. In the meantime, Central Okanagan property owners who’ve had flooding issues in the ...

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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.

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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 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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