Wind, rain to test flood protection measures - News Release #99

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 8:53am

Central Okanagan, B.C. – Environment Canada has forecasted a change in weather with winds expected from 30 to 50 kilometres per hour by Thursday afternoon and will test defenses. Property owners on Central Okanagan lakes are encouraged to monitor flood protection measures and bolster if necessary.

As of today, Okanagan Lake level is at 343.249 metres above sea level, a slight increase from yesterday’s morning measurement of 343.248 m as measured by Environment and Climate Change Canada. Kalamalka Lake went from 392.438 yesterday morning to 392.437 today.

Crews are reviewing flood protection this morning, making repairs where necessary and working to remove water from streets flooded from groundwater coming to the surface through storm drains.

People are reminded to stay off flood protection measures. Jumping or walking on gabions or water dams is a public safety concern and could damage or undermine the device causing ruptures and significant water flows.

While committed to responding to the flood risks, Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) personnel are also planning for the demobilization and recovery period. Residents should keep all flood protection measures in place until the EOC issues information on what actions to take to begin the recovery.

All other evacuation alerts and orders remain in effect. Check out the map at www.cordemergency.ca/map and search by address to determine if an area is under alert or order, or to find the closest sand and sandbag locations.

For more information, visit www.cordemergency.ca, sign up for e-updates or call the information line at 250-469-8490.

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