High, fast water prompts Okanagan River warning

The province has issued a caution to residents to be wary when near the Okanagan River as the runoff from spring melt continues to increase the river's water level and flow.
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PENTICTON - The province is warning the public to beware of the Okanagan River as water levels rise in the valley.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations issued a notice today, April 13, advising the public to use caution when near the Okanagan River due to high water levels and fast-flowing current.

Adults are advised to keep children and pets under close supervision at all times when near the river’s edge, in addition to taking further precautions such as use of a personal floatation device if going into the river.

A higher runoff into the river is anticipated this year with the Okanagan Valley snowpack above normal this year.

River flows between Okanagan Lake and Osoyoos are currently above normal and are expected to remain high for the next several weeks.


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