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.
Stockpiles of sandbags are available at all local fire halls throughout the Central Okanagan for those facing an imminent flood threat. At this time, property owners are responsible for providing their own sand to fill the bags. However, the District of West Kelowna is providing sand and sandbags for its residents at the following locations:
- Pebble Beach – adjacent to 2583 Whitworth Rd
- Osprey Park – adjacent to 1434 Green Bay Rd
- Casa Loma Beach – 2606 Casa Loma Rd
- Hitchner Park – 4081 Hitchner Rd
- Shannon Woods Park – 2490 Shannon Woods Dr
Information and pamphlets on flood preparedness including a recommended method for sandbag diking are available from the Regional District of Central Okanagan office (1450 KLO Road) and the main City of Kelowna fire hall on Enterprise Way as well as on the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/emergencyplan. Information about flood precautions is also on the Emergency Management BC website: pep.bc.ca/floods/preparedness.html
At this time of year, Central Okanagan residents are asked to use caution around all local water bodies. People are reminded that water levels may rise unexpectedly and they and their pets should stay safely back from creek banks, which may be slippery or subject to erosion from the spring runoff.
In the event of an emergency and activation of the Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), the latest information will be available online at the new EOC Public Information website: www.cordemergency.ca.