Localized Flooding Prompts Responses News Release #27

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 10:23am

Sand and sandbag available in Kelowna, West Kelowna and Lake Country.

The short-term forecast is calling for significant rain starting late Thursday.  Citizens should keep in place all protective measures.  Citizens who live in low lying areas near creeks and lakes that may be susceptible to flooding should also take preventative measures to protect their properties.

Property owners living adjacent to area creeks and streams should continue to watch water levels and take appropriate precautions.

In Kelowna, sandbags are available at City of Kelowna Fire Station #1 at 2255 Enterprise Way. Sand is available at the Cook Road Boat Launch outside the Hotel Eldorado on Cook Road, on Burne Avenue, west of Ethel Street at Mill Creek and on Rowcliffe Avenue at Richter Street.

In West Kelowna, sand is available at 1341 Green Bay Road, 2606 Casa Loma, 1651 Pritchard Drive, 4081 Hitchner Road and in Pebbles Park at 2589 Whitworth Road.

For Lake Country residents, sand and sandbags are available at Swalwell Park and sand is available on Commonwealth Road by Holiday Park.

Residents and waterfront property owners are being asked to leave any wood debris along local beaches and waterfront areas in an effort to reduce erosions from wave action during this period of high lake water levels. 

Please check cordemergency.ca for updates on sand locations throughout the day.

All Evacuation Orders and Alerts remain in place.  Please use the map on cordemergency.ca to check the status specific addresses.

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. 

Interior Health also has information available for residents to consider Before, During and After a Flood. Information on flooding and electrical safety is also available for BC Hydro and FortisBC (electrical and natural gas) customers: www.bchydro.com and www.fortisbc.com.

The Boil Water Advisory for Westbank First Nation IR#9 continues. More information and a water system map are available at www.wfn.ca/wfnnews.htm. All citizens should monitor their water purveyors websites for up to date information on water quality as there are a number of water providers throughout the Central Okanagan.

Anyone noticing a potential problem or a flooding concern is asked to call the Kelowna Fire Department at 250-469-8801.

For up to date information on the situation including a map and to sign up for e-updates, visit www.cordemergency.ca. Information will also be provided via the https://twitter.com/CO_Emerg and https://www.facebook.com/CORDEmergency/ or by phone at 250-469-8490 or 1-877-569-8490 (toll-free).