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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.

Earlier this evening, a dike along McDougall Creek near Hitchner Road was breached by high stream flow which resulted in the creek flow being redirected through an orchard and flooding four homes, with four more in jeopardy of being flooded if water flow increases.  The evacuated homes are 3982 and 4040 Hitchner plus 1860 Jennens Road.

The Regional Emergency Plan has been enacted and a Level 1 Emergency Operations Centre has been activated.

Currently, West Kelowna Fire Rescue crews are on the scene working to protect the homes and return the creek to its natural course.

Emergency Support Services has established a Reception Centre at the Best Western Hotel, 3460 Carrington Road, and will be open at 9:00 pm to receive and assist evacuees.

The Emergency Operations Centre and West Kelowna Fire Rescue are carefully watching the situation and will advise the public if any other properties are in danger of flooding.

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