Some creek flood barriers redeployed; lakeshore measures remain in place - News Release #111

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 3:29pm

Central Okanagan, B.C. – Okanagan and Kalamalka Lakes' levels continue to decline, but protective measures along their shores and the mouths of their feeder creeks must be kept in place.

Okanagan Lake dropped one centimetre Monday morning, to 343.181 metres above sea level, compared to 343.191 a day earlier. Okanagan Lake remains 70 centimetres above normal for this time of year. The lake has dropped 6.6 centimetres in the last eight days. Even if the lake begins to decline more rapidly, levels will not return to normal until near the end of July.

Kalamalka Lake dropped 0.6 centimetres to 392.361 metres above sea level Monday morning, compared to 392.367 a day earlier.

Redeployment of sandbags continued Monday upstream from creek banks, east of Abbott Street, the Burne Avenue area and in downtown Kelowna. Crews removed sandbags from public lands, and when possible from private property, to minimize ecological impacts to creeks and streams no longer at risk of flooding. Some easily accessible sandbags that were no longer needed in some of these areas were also removed and redeployed in other locations as needed.

Other areas of redeployment have included:

  • Mill Creek – upstream of Abbott Street

  • Bellevue Creek – all

  • Brandts Creek – upstream of Richter Street

  • Fascieux Creek – upstream of Gordon Drive

  • Scotty Creek - all

  • Middle Vernon Creek – upstream of Woodsdale Road

Residents looking to bolster flood protection measures can visit to find locations of pre-filled sandbags, sandbags and sand.

Planning and assessment for the removal and disposal of sandbags and flood debris including docks and floating infrastructure are underway. When the time comes, information on sandbag removal, and what to do with debris, will be posted at

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