Local state of emergency declared for the District of Lake Country

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 4:23pm

News Release No. 25

Central Okanagan, B.C. – A State of Local Emergency has been declared for the District of Lake Country as a precautionary measure due to potential high water levels on the local lakes. The state of emergency is a proactive approach that provides crews access to specific private properties in order to protect public infrastructure.

City-wide local states of emergency also exist for Kelowna, Peachland and West Kelowna, and in the  Central Okanagan’s West Electoral Area in the vicinity of Westside Road N from 5625 Westside Road to the Regional Boundary.

Flood prevention and mitigation efforts are underway throughout the region as officials continue to monitor roads, culverts, weather, lakes, creeks and streams.

Property owners near lakes, creeks and streams, especially those who may have experienced flooding in the past, are being asked to proactively prepare. Several evacuation alerts and orders continue to remain throughout the region.

For up-to-date information, including sandbag locations and flood-preparedness resources, visit cordemergency.ca, or call the information line at 250-469-8490 or 1-877-569-8490 (toll-free).

For up-to-date information, including evacuation alerts and orders that remain in place, as well as flood-preparedness resources, sign up for e-updates, visit cordemergency.ca. Follow us at facebook.com/cordemergency and twitter.com/co_emerg, or call the information line at 250-469-8490 or 1-877-569-8490 (toll-free).

For municipal information such as specific flood protection measures being put in place, park and road closures or water quality advisories, visit their websites:

City of Kelowna

City of West Kelowna

District of Lake Country

District of Peachland

Regional District of Central Okanagan

Westbank First Nation

For current conditions on provincial roads such as Westside Road, visit drivebc.ca. For smaller provincially operated side roads click on the BC Flooding Information 2018 link.