May 03, 2013 - 11:43 AM
With warmer daytime temperatures in the forecast, it’s expected more snow at the higher elevations will melt resulting in faster flows and rising levels of Central Okanagan creeks and streams.
While there are currently no watches or advisories in effect, residents and property owners in low lying and flood prone areas are encouraged to take the steps they need to prepare and protect their properties as conditions can change rapidly during the spring runoff.
The Central Okanagan Emergency Program, local governments and the Province continue to monitor weather patterns and water levels of local creeks, streams and lakes.
Information and pamphlets on flood preparedness including a recommended method for sandbag diking are available from the Regional District of Central Okanagan office (1450 KLO Road) and the main City of Kelowna fire hall on Enterprise Way as well as on the Regional Emergency Operation Centre website www.cordemergency.ca and the Emergency Management BC website: pep.bc.ca/floods/preparedness.html.
Anyone noticing a potential problem or flooding concern in the Central Okanagan is asked to call the Regional Fire Dispatch at: 250-469-8801. Sandbags are available at local fire halls for any property owner facing imminent danger from flooding.
The District of West Kelowna has deposited sand and sandbags for its property owners in three locations: Casa Loma, Green Bay and Whitworth Drive.
At this time of year, Central Okanagan residents are asked to use caution around all local water bodies. People are reminded that water levels may rise unexpectedly and they and their pets should stay safely back from creek banks, which may be slippery or subject to erosion from the spring runoff. Okanagan Lake boaters are also advised to be on the look-out for floating debris carried into the lake from rising and faster flowing tributaries.
In the event of an emergency and activation of the Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), the latest information will be available online at the EOC Information website: www.cordemergency.ca.
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