With more rain in the forecast through the weekend for the Central Okanagan and area lakes at extremely high levels, waterfront property owners and those in low lying areas near creeks and streams are encouraged to take steps needed to protect their property.
With the wet weather and continued high elevation snow-melt, the BC River Forecast Centre has issued a High Streamflow Advisory for the Okanagan, including Mission Creek. The advisory means river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected. However, minor flooding is possible in low-lying areas.
Property owners living around lakes may wish to protect their docks and other waterfront structures from possible damage resulting from high water levels and wave action. In an effort to reduce potential waterfront erosion, they may choose to leave any wood debris that has washed up in place.
All boaters and those waterskiing or wakeboarding are asked to help reduce any potential shoreline erosion from waves by keeping speeds and wakes down especially when they are near or approaching the shoreline. And please stay alert for any potential floating hazards brought into area lakes from the creek runoff.
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.
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.
Anyone walking near creeks and streams should continue to use caution. Please keep children and pets safely back from creek banks, which may be slippery or subject to erosion by the higher, swifter moving water. As well, please stay alert for possible unexpected rapid increases in creek water levels.
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.