Flood Watch: Evacuation order rescinded for Killiney Beach - News Release #55

Monday, May 15, 2017 - 4:09pm

An evacuation order has been rescinded for 17 properties along Kilkenny Place in the Killiney Beach subdivision. This includes 9567 to 9697 Kilkenny Place.

A landslide Saturday prompted the evacuation order. Eight people received assistance from Emergency Support Services volunteers in Vernon.

Slope stability assessments concluded Monday and determined residents can return to their homes.

The Province of British Columbia’s Emergency Management website offers helpful information on protecting your property from, and recognizing the danger signs of landslides. Visit: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc/know-the-risks/landslidesopen_in_new

Approximately 400 people remain evacuated. Emergency officials are constantly assessing possible changes in the status of remaining evacuation orders and alerts based on a variety of conditions including weather and the impact it has on lake water levels which are continuing to rise and levels and flows of area creeks.  The inconvenience and stress posed to those people forced from their homes and properties is always top of mind.  Any change to Evacuation Orders will be made only when it is safe to allow residents to return to their homes.

With water levels at record highs and snow remaining in the high elevation watersheds, the potential for flooding due to rain, wind or warm temperatures is still a risk. These conditions for area lakes and creeks are expected to last well into June.

All residents, including those no longer on order or alert, are reminded to keep sandbags in place until the flood watch event has fully ended. Residents with lakefront properties and next to beach edges should not remove the debris along their property, as it can act as a barricade against rising waters and minimize erosion.  

Boaters are reminded that lake levels are high and they should watch for floating debris as a significant amount has been flowing down streams and into area lakes. Boaters should also keep their distance from shorelines and if possible keep speeds down as additional wave action could cause disturbance to banks and beaches.

To view the most up to date information, go to www.cordemergency.ca and view maps. Unless conditions change, updates will be posted daily at 11 a.m.