The Evacuation Alert affecting 14 properties in the Mission Creek area of Joe Rich has been rescinded.
The alert was issued early Sunday morning as heavy rains caused a rapid rise in both the flow and level of Mission Creek.
The Regional District of Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre has evaluated current conditions and future weather trends. With the decrease in the level and flow in Mission Creek over the past few days and a continuing stable weather pattern there is a reduced risk of imminent flooding for those affected properties in the Highway 33 and Greystokes Road area. Property owners in the area should continue to monitor weather and creek conditions and are encouraged to take appropriate precautions to protect their properties and structures from possible flood damage in the event conditions rapidly change.
All Central Okanagan residents are reminded that they and their pets should stay well back and away from the banks of local creeks and streams until the higher elevation snowpack has melted, levels decrease and the runoff is complete. Local water courses remain subject to rapid unexpected increases in response to heavy rain events.
Okanagan Lake is reported at 12 centimeters above full pool. Lakefront property owners in the Central Okanagan are responsible for taking precautions to protect their properties, docks and other waterfront structures from the impact of high lake levels. They are also encouraged to leave wood debris in place to help reduce possible erosion.
With the long weekend ahead, boaters and those pursuing water-related recreational activities across the Central Okanagan are asked to keep their speeds and wakes down, especially near the shoreline to reduce wave erosion.
Meanwhile, detailed design work is complete for the emergency work to reduce the flood risk for property owners near Shorts Creek in the Fintry Delta area of the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area. Construction is slated to begin this week on a rock spur that will guide flows away from the south bank of the creek and back into the existing channels to the north. This design which uses the natural processes of the existing creek channel will avoid disturbing lands to the north of the creek in Fintry Provincial Park. This work will be completed as quickly as possible.
Property owners are reminded that sandbags are available for those facing imminent threat at local fire halls in the Central Okanagan.
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.