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Rising water levels means use caution near Okanagan River

Melting snowpack means fast currents on the Okanagan River. The public is advised to avoid going into the river unless on a watercraft and while using a life jacket.
May 06, 2013 - 11:20 AM

Snowpack melt is raising Okanagan River water levels and the public is asked to stay away from river shorelines.

Emergency B.C. said the melt is expected to cause higher runoff into the Okanagan River from Okanagan Lake for the next several weeks. Flows are well above normal.

Children and pets need to be closely supervised. If people do use watercraft they need to wear life jackets.

In case of flooding property owners should listen to the radio to learn what areas are affected, what roads are safe, where to go and what to do if asked to leave their homes. They are also advised not to go back home until told to do so.

More information such as sandbagging techniques can be found at the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen site.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Shannon Quesnel at, call 250-488-3065 or tweet @shannonquesnel1

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