Okanagan Lake passes 1997 flood level - News Release #64

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 10:03am

Flood preparations in response to rising lake levels have been underway throughout the week. Okanagan Lake rose 2cm yesterday and is now 342.8m.

Okanagan Lake is sitting just above the 1997 flooding level of 342.79m. For a visual representation of lake levels today and historical levels, check out the graphic at www.cordemergency.ca/beprepared/flood-faq.

Boaters use caution

Boating is not recommended this weekend, but boaters choosing to access Okanagan Lake are urged to drive slowly, stay away from the shore and avoid several areas at risk due to high waters and wave action. Boaters are encouraged to avoid the following locations:

Peachland

  • The entire downtown waterfront; specifically, Heritage Park to Buchanan
  • All day use docks and wharfs (closed)
  • Princeton boat launch (closed)

West Kelowna

  • Green Bay area
  • Casa Loma area
  • Pritchard Drive area
  • Whitworth Road area

Lake Country

  • Tween Lakes (canal) and entire Oyama isthmus area
  • Carrs Landing
  • Okanagan Centre
  • Turtle Bay

Westside Road (RDCO)

  • Wilson’s Landing
  • Fintry area
  • Killiney Beach area

Kelowna

  • The entire waterfront between Poplar Point and Cedar Creek

Lake conditions

Flooding has deposited significant debris in Okanagan Lake, including large trees and branches, making navigation on the lake hazardous. There are also many submerged docks.

Boat wakes can have significant impact on vulnerable properties. Boaters are reminded that they can be fined for operating a power-boat over 10 km/h within 30 metres of shore. Boaters who choose to disregard safety notifications may also be fined.

Flood mitigation work continues

Municipal and public safety crews continue to install flood mitigation works including sandbag walls, bladder dams and gabion barriers. The public is being asked to not touch these installations for their own safety and to ensure the continued protection of community infrastructure and property.

Debris washed up on beaches should be left for the time being, as logs and other wood material can help to limit erosion caused by wave action. When the flood risk has passed, officials will provide details about how beach debris will be removed.

Emergency Support Services will be closed from Saturday, May 20 to Monday, May 22, reopening on Tuesday, May 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For urgent support service matters please call 250-469-8490.

Find information on flood preparation, including sand and sandbag locations, how to effectively build sandbag walls and secure docks at www.cordemergency.ca/beprepared/flood-faq. For municipal-specific information, including the status of boat launches, waterfront park and beach closures, visit individual city or district websites:

City of Kelowna

City of West Kelowna

District of Lake Country

District of Peachland

Regional District of Central Okanagan