Significant rainfall forecast for the Central Okanagan this week could result in rising water levels in area creeks and streams.
Overnight tonight and tomorrow, up to 30 millimeters of rain is possible for our area and as a result, the Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program is advising those property owners living in low-lying areas near creeks to remain alert and take steps to protect their properties in case water levels rise quickly.
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 Emergency Operation Centre website www.cordemergency.ca and the Emergency Management BC website: pep.bc.ca/floods/preparedness.html.
Local officials will continue to monitor levels and conditions in area creeks as they have since the spring runoff began in April.
Anyone noticing a potential problem or flooding concern in the Central Okanagan is asked to call the Regional Fire Dispatch at: 250-469-8801. Sandbags are available at local fire halls for any property owner facing imminent danger from flooding.
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. Okanagan Lake boaters are also advised to be on the look-out for floating debris carried into the lake from rising and faster flowing tributaries.
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.