Lakes continue slow, steady rise - News Release #79

Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 12:16pm

Central Okanagan, B.C. – Crews in the Central Okanagan continue to monitor lake levels, creek flows and flood mitigation measures.

Environment Canada reported Okanagan Lake reached 343.06 at 6 a.m. on May 28 – a one-centimetre rise since May 27 at 11:25 a.m. when the lake level was reported as 343.05 m. 

Residents and visitors to the Central Okanagan are reminded to leave flood protection measures in place and bolster them in preparation for high water and possible windy conditions. High lake levels and variable weather conditions are expected to persist for the foreseeable future.

People are also asked to stay off the bladder dams, gabion cages and sandbags deployed along beaches and creeks.

The flows in Mission Creek are expected to increase significantly over the next few days with the forecasted hot weather. Crews are bolstering protection measures between Lakeshore Bridge and the mouth of Okanagan Lake today. Residents living along Mission Creek, especially those closer to the lake, are urged to reinforce the flood protection around their properties, due to increasing lake levels and potential for back water effect.

Evacuation Alerts remain in place for 10 properties:

North end of Westside Road

  • 9515 Hodges Road

  • 9425 Hodges Road

  • 9435 Hodges Road

  • 9445 Hodges Road

  • 9467 Kilkenny Place

West Kelowna

  • 1302 to 1454 Green Bay Road

  • 3660 to 3697 Green Bay Landing

  • 3575 to 3636 Wiig Road

Westbank First Nation IR#10

  • Waterfront lots from the W.R. Bennett Bridge north to Old Ferry Wharf Road

  • Several lakefront cabins on Lindley Road

Sand and sand bag locations can be found on cordemergency.ca.  Sand is continually being replenished. 

The most up to date lake levels can be found on the Government of Canada’s website.   The increase of lake levels being reported out by various agencies will depend on what time period is being used to report out on.  https://wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/report/real_time_e.html?mode=Graph&type=&stn=08NM083&startDate=2017-05-19&endDate=2017-05-26&prm1=46&y1Max=&y1Min=&prm2=-1&y2Max=&y2Min=

Residents are reminded that this is a weather driven event and things will continue to evolve with the weather. A sudden change in weather could increase the risk of flooding.

All evacuation alerts and orders remain in effect. Check out the map at www.cordemergency.ca/map and search by address to determine if an area is under alert or order, or to find the closest sand and sandbag locations.

For municipal information such as boat launch, park and beach closures, and water quality advisories, visit their websites:

For more information, visit www.cordemergency.ca, sign up for e-updates or call the information line at 250-469-8490.