Localized Flooding News Release 1

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 10:50am

Emergency officials and local government staff are responding to various reports of flooding and high water levels in creeks and streams throughout the Central Okanagan.

The heavy rain from overnight thunderstorms combined with snowmelt from warmer tempertures yesterday has seen the flow and level of all water courses rise.  It’s expected this situation will continue at least through today.

The Emergency Operation Centre has been activated to support crews in the field responding to these issues of localized, isolated flooding. 

As a precaution, an Evacuation Order has been issued for Fintry Provincial Park.  One residence in the park and some campers have left the area.  Emergency Support Services volunteers are assisting these people.

Areas that are being addressed include locations in the cities of Kelowna and West Kelowna, Ellison and around Short’s Creek and the Fintry Delta area off Westside Road. 

Motorists should be prepared for alternating single lane traffic on Westside Road at the North Westside Fire Hall just south of Short’s Creek as crews clear debris from the creek.  Check the Drive BC website for the latest conditions.

This morning the BC River Forecast Centre issued a Flood Watch for Mission Creek.  A Flood Watch means that river levels are rising and will approach or may exceed bankful.  Flooding of areas adjacent to affected rivers may occur.

The Emergency program reminds property owners that they are responsible for having tools and equipment necessary to protect their properties from possible flooding.  Sandbags are available at local firehalls in the Central Okanagan for residents concerned about potential flooding.  At this time they are responsible for providing their own sand.

As well, creeks and streams are continuing to rise and see increased flows, residents are advised to use extra care and attention around local creeks.  Hikers and walkers should be aware that fast moving water may cause some creek bank erosion and creek bank edges may not be stable. Anyone wishing to canoe or raft should check their route from land before setting out to ensure debris is not caught near culverts or under bridges.

Boaters are encouraged to keep their boat speed down and watch for any floating debris that may be deposited in area lakes from tributaries.

Crews will continue to monitor trouble spots clearing culverts, beaver dams and other blockages that could lead to flooding.   Anyone noticing a potential problem or a flooding concern is asked to call the Kelowna Fire Department at 250-469-8801.