Evacuation alerts and orders remain in place - News Release #35

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 12:51pm

More than 190 residences remain on evacuation order throughout the area and evacuation alerts are in place along Vernon Creek from Mayrus Road to Wood Lake and in Lake Country east of Highway 97 to Lodge Road between Wood Lake and Konschun Road.

Use the map at cordemergency.ca to search for the status of specific addresses.

Flooding is imminent starting late Thursday as a result of rain, rising temperatures and melting snow pack while the ground is already saturated. Residents who experienced flooding last weekend will likely see flooding again and additional properties in low-lying areas near creeks and lakes will likely be affected.

Residents who are on evacuation order are asked to register at the Emergency Support Services (ESS) reception center located at the Salvation Army at 1480 Sutherland Avenue. Due to a shortage of accomodations, particularly over the weekend, evacuees with RV’s, trailers or campers are encouraged to use them, although they should still register with the ESS.

The ESS will be open today and Thursday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Information on flooding and electrical safety is also available for BC Hydro and FortisBC customers:  www.bchydro.com  www.fortisbc.com

For up to date information on the situation including a map and to sign up for e-updates, visit http://www.cordemergency.ca/ .

Anyone noticing a potential problem or a flooding concern is asked to call the Kelowna Fire Department at 250-469-8801.

Information will also be provided via the https://twitter.com/CO_Emerg and https://www.facebook.com/CORDEmergency/ or by phone at 250-469-8490 or 1-877-569-8490 (toll-free).