Eight properties along McDougall Creek in Westbank First Nation on evacuation alert

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 10:54am

News Release No. 12 Westbank First Nation, B.C.  Due to the significant increase in McDougall Creek levels and flow, eight properties within Westgate Village Mobile Home Park at 1880 Old Boucherie Road are being placed on evacuation alert.

The properties to be under the evacuation include:

  • 42 – 1880 Old Boucherie Road

  • 43 – 1880 Old Boucherie Road

  • 44 – 1880 Old Boucherie Road

  • 45 – 1880 Old Boucherie Road

  • 46 – 1880 Old Boucherie Road

  • 47 – 1880 Old Boucherie Road

  • 48 – 1880 Old Boucherie Road

  • 49 – 1880 Old Boucherie Road

Residents in the area are advised to be ready to leave their home at a moment’s notice. They should be prepared to be away from their home for an extended period of time, make arrangements for pets and pack essential items such as medicines and important documents.

Emergency Operations Centre staff are working with other response agencies to manage the situation and minimize the impacts, however residents of the area near those on evacuation alert should be prepared to obey an evacuation order, if the situation evolves.

The public is asked to stay clear of the area and out of the water. Debris, culverts and low bridges along the upper portion of Hitchner Rd paired with the high water level makes it unsafe to pass down stream.

Across the Central Okanagan region, the public is asked to use care when walking near creeks. Rising water levels means banks can be slippery and unstable and creeks and streams can rise rapidly. Anyone noticing a non-emergency flooding concern is asked to call their local municipality.

Property owners are responsible for protecting their properties from potential flood damage due to spring run-off from streams and creeks, and ground water (seepage). Equipping yourself with a flood plan and the tools needed in case of a flood can help prepare you.

Self-serve sand and sandbags are available across the Central Okanagan, visit cordemergency.ca/map for a location nearest to you.

For information such as specific flood protection measures being put in place, park and road closures, or water quality advisories, visit your local government website:

City of Kelowna

City of West Kelowna

District of Lake Country

District of Peachland

Regional District of Central Okanagan

Westbank First Nation

Visit cordemergency.ca for the most up-to-date information and resources on how to be prepared and keep your family and property safe. Sign up for e-updates on the cordemergency.ca website to have the latest news delivered to your inbox.