A Local State of Emergency continues for a property in the 11200 block of Highway 33 in order to protect Mission Creek from the environmental hazards posed by structures on the property in the Joe Rich area.
The Local State of Emergency provides special powers to a Local Government in order to protect public health and safety, the environment and public infrastructure.
A professional engineer has assessed the conditions of outbuildings on the property including a trailer, which is partially submerged by the high flowing flood waters of Mission Creek. Under supervision and coordination of the engineer, a contractor has been engaged to move the structure which is posing an imminent risk to public health and safety and the environment of the creek.
The engineer also assessed some logjams in the creek and has determined that at the current time, no emergency response is required.
The Regional Emergency Program and Joe Rich Fire Rescue continue to monitor weather and creek conditions and will as warranted, evaluate the status of the Local State of Emergency and an Evacuation Alert, issued early Sunday morning.
The Evacuation Alert affects 14 properties* in the eastern portion of Joe Rich as the potential remains for flooding.
Property owners in the evacuation alert area should continue to monitor water conditions and are encouraged to take appropriate precautions to protect their properties and structures from possible flood damage in the event that conditions rapidly change. They should prepare to leave their properties with little or short notice in the event conditions change requiring an Evacuation Notice. All people should stay well back and away from the banks of Mission Creek due to the high flows and the potential for sloughing, bank erosion and slippery creek banks.
Sandbags are available for those facing imminent threat at the Joe Rich Fire Hall 11481 Highway 33 east and other local fire halls in the Central Okanagan.
The Regional Emergency Program and Joe Rich Fire Rescue continue to monitor weather and creek conditions and will as warranted, evaluate the status of the Evacuation Alert.
If you notice flooding in your area, please contact the Regional Fire Dispatch at 250-469-8577.
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 Emergency Operation Centre website www.cordemergency.ca as well as on the Regional District Emergency Program webpage regionaldistrict.com/emergencyplan. Information about flood precautions is also on the Emergency Management BC website: pep.bc.ca/floods/preparedness.html.
Interior Health has information on its website for residents and property owners regarding Food and Water Safety after Flooding: www.interiorhealth.ca/YourEnvironment/EmergencyPreparedness/Pages/default.aspx
*The following properties are on Evacuation Alert as of 12:40 am June 24th in order that owners can prepare their premises or properties and family should the creek flow increase and threaten homes and structures on their properties.
· 11250 Highway 33 East
· 11490 Highway 33 East
· 11481 Three Forks Road
· 11600 Greystokes Road
· 11700 Greystokes Road
· 11800 Greystokes Road
· 11900 Greystokes Road
· 11505 Greystokes Road
· 12025 Greystokes Road
· 12310 Greystokes Road
· 12326 Greystokes Road
· 12342 Greystokes Road
· 12458 Greystokes Road
· 12474 Greystokes Road