Localized Flooding Prompts Responses - News Release #17

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 8:17am

Localized Flooding Prompts Responses

 

Date:   May 7, 2017

Time:  8:15 am

Kelowna, B.C – Public works crews from various local governments and emergency first responders continue to monitor flows and levels in creeks and streams throughout the Central Okanagan.

All Evacuation Orders and Alerts in place last night remain in effect this morning.  Details and specific addresses can be viewed on the Regional Emergency Program website map www.cordemergency.ca/map.

The map also shows locations of sand and sandbags along with road closures due to flooding. 

Priorities today for emergency crews are road and creek assesments, working with Fortis to determine re-energizing of buildings without power and ensuring sand and sand bags continue to be available to residents.

Indications suggest that the level of Mill Creek has decreased over the past 12 hours, as have other creeks within the region. Some creeks remain high. The EOC will conduct continual monitoring of creek levels throughout the day.

The Emergency Support Services Reception Centre located in the Salvation Army Church, 1480 Sutherland Avenue will open at 11 this morning.  Those people on Evacuation Order should report and register.   Due to a shortage of hotel space in the area, evacuees are encouraged to try and find temporary accommodation with family and friends.

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

  • 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

  • 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.

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: 

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.

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).