Localized Flooding Prompts Responses News Release #16

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 9:40pm

The Evacuation Orders indicated in the last News Release #15 for 415 Commonwealth Rd., 6200 Spencer Rd., and 377 Bulman Rd. have been rescinded.

Evacuation Orders remain in place for:

  • 1966 Richter St

  • 222 Adams Rd

  • 184 Adams Rd

  • 214 Adams Rd

  • 3911 Old Vernon Rd

  • 4355 Jaud Rd

  • 3545 Bulman Rd

  • 1826 Marshall Rd

  • 3897 Casorso Rd

  • 4697 Gordon Dr

  • 1980 Ethel St

  • 1981 Gordon Dr

  • 1824 Marshall Rd

  • 1237 Pacific Ave

  • 2002 Ethel St

Those people on Evacuation Order should report and register at the Emergency Support Services Reception Centre located in the Salvation Army Church, 1480 Sutherland Avenue (corner of Burtch Road and Sutherland Avenue).   It will close tonight at 10:00 and open again tomorrow morning at 11:00 to assist residents who have been impacted by flooding.   Due to a shortage of hotel space in the area, evacuees are encouraged to try and find temporary accommodation with family and friends.

The earlier Evacuation Order for 539 Sutherland Avenue has now been rescinded.

Flooding has forced the closure of several roads in Kelowna, West Kelowna and Lake Country.   Specific locations can be found on the map option on the www.cordemergency.ca/map website. 

In the interest of safety, the public is asked to respect emergency road signage and blockades. 

Local states of emergency have been declared for the City of Kelowna, the City of West Kelowna and for the Fintry Delta in the Regional District of Central Okanagan to address flooding.

The following Evacuation Orders and Alerts remain in effect:

City of Kelowna

  • 543 Rowcliffe Avenue

  • 534 Sutherland Avenue

  • 1955 Pacific Court

  • 1915 Pacific Court

  • 1902 Lindahl Street

  • 1936 Lindahl Street

  • 1948 Lindahl Street

  • 1118 Brookside Avenue

  • 1122 Brookside Avenue

  • 1130 Brookside Avenue

This evacuation order impacts approximately 90 multi-family units, four single family homes, and one commercial property.

Regional District of the Central Okanagan

The Evacuation Order issued yesterday for Fintry Provincial Park remains in effect.

An Evacuation Alert remains in place affecting approximately 90 properties in  the Fintry Delta area, just south of Fintry Provincial Park. Properties that are affected by the Alert include those in the delta accessed by Fintry Delta Road, Morden Road and Shorts Road.

Residents in this area should be prepared to leave their homes on short notice should conditions along Shorts Creek worsen. They may also wish to take steps to protect their properties from potential flooding.

Late this afternoon, the Evacuation Order for two properties along the south end of Lakeshore Road (6214 and 6490 Lakeshore Road ) was rescinded.   Residents are allowed to return.  There is no alert in place for these properties, however, if the situation changes the order may need to be reinstated.

Information on Flood Preparedness and Returning After A Flood

The Preparedness BC website has information to help those property owners with protecting their property from flooding and some considerations for those returning after a flood.  http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/public-safety-and-emergency-services/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/embc/preparedbc/preparedbc_flood_information_for_homeowners_and_home_buyers_web.pdf

Interior Health also has information available for residents to consider Before, During and After a flood:  https://www.interiorhealth.ca/YourEnvironment/EmergencyPreparedness/Pages/Flooding.aspx

Information on flooding and electrical safety is also available for BC Hydro and FortisBC customers: 

Emergency crews and municipal staff from throughout the Central Okanagan continue to attend and monitor several areas impacted by flood waters.

The Boil Water Advisory for Westbank First Nation IR#9 continues.  See www.wfn.ca/wfnnews.htm for more information and a water system map.

People and pets should stay back from creek banks which can be extremely slippery and can be subject to erosion.   Be aware that water levels may unexpectedly rise.  Boaters should also watch for floating debis flowing into area lakes from tributaries.

Sandbag supplies have been replenished for all affected communities and residents can find locations indicated at https://www.cordemergency.ca/map.

For up to date information on the situation including a map and to sign up for e-updates, visit 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/ For more information contact the Information Office at 250-469-8490 or 1-877-569-8490 (toll-free).