An assessment of flooded properties along Hitchner Road due to overflowing McDougall Creek is being conducted by West Kelowna Fire Rescue District of West Kelowna Operations staff this morning. Further updates are expected after 11 a.m. The Local State of Emergency is still in effect at this time and six properties are under evacuation order.
At approximately 9 p.m., April 25, the District of West Kelowna declared a Local State of Emergency and evacuated six properties along Hitchner Road after a dike along McDougall Creek was breached by high stream flow which resulted in the creek flow being redirected through an orchard and flooding several properties. Emergency crews were able to shore up the critical areas of the creek and flow has now been directed to its natural course.
The creek and properties are now being assessed by emergency personnel and District staff for safety, with current weather conditions and stream flow estimation in mind.
West Kelowna Fire Rescue is reminding the public to keep clear of fast-flowing waterways at this time of freshet.
The Regional Emergency Plan was enacted yesterday evening and a Level 1 Emergency Operations Centre has been activated. Emergency Support Services established a Reception Centre in the evening of April 26 at the Best Western Hotel, 3460 Carrington Road, and assist two evacuated families.
The Emergency Operations Centre and West Kelowna Fire Rescue are carefully watching the situation and will advise the public immediately if any other properties are in danger of flooding.
The public and media can access updates on this emergency and emergency preparedness information on the new Regional Emergency Program website at www.cordemergency.ca