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UPDATE: Two properties evacuated due to landslide; 90 properties near Fintry on alert

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May 05, 2017 - 6:31 PM

UPDATE: 6:29 p.m. May 5

RELEASE FROM CENTRAL OKANAGAN REGIONAL DISTRICT EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTRE

An Evacuation Order has been issued for two properties on Lakeshore Road – 6214 and 6490 due to a landslide.   The landslide has crossed the road blocking access and egress to six properties at the very south end of Lakeshore Road – 6550, 6620, 6850, 6950, 7050, 7990, 8000 and 8888 Lakeshore Road.  2002 Ethel Street is also on Evacution Order.

A planned emergency power outage to repair a power pole along Gellatly Road has been delayed until tomorrow morning to ensure safe conditions for BC Hydro workers. BC Hydro plans to replace the pole that was compromised due to flooding of nearby Smith Creek beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 6. BC Hydro anticipates 437 customers along Gellatly Road will be without power for four to six hours.

An Emergency Support Services reception centre has been set up at the Salvation Army at 1480 Sutherland Avenue, corner of Burtch Road and Sutherland Avenue, to provide information to residents impacted by flooding. Citizens who are on Evacuation Order are asked to register.

Sand bags are no longer available at local fire halls for the public and the Emergency Operations Centre will advise when supplies are restocked.

UPDATE: 4:32 p.m. May 5

KELOWNA - Around 90 properties are under an evacuation alert as high waters and flood concerns continue in the Central Okanagan.

The 90 properties affected by the alert are in the Fintry Delta area south of Fintry Provincial Park on Okanagan Lake’s westside, including those along Fintry Delta Road, Morden Road and Shorts Road, according to a media release from the Emergency Operations Centre. Residents in the area need to prepare to leave their homes with short notice if waters continue to rise in Short’s Creek and should consider preparations to protect their property.

An evacuation order was issued earlier today for Fintry Provincial Park. Campers have left the park and one residence has been evacuated. 

An Emergency Support Services reception centre has been set up at the Salvation Army at 1480 Sutherland Ave. at the corner of Burtch Road and Sutherland Avenue, to provide information to residents impacted by flooding.

Emergency operations says a number of roads in the Central Okanagan have been affected by flooding. In Lake Country, a portion of Beaver Lake Road is closed. In Kelowna Bulman Road remains closed from Shadow Ridge golf course to Heron Road. In West Kelowna, Gellatly Road is closed from the Canyon Ridge subdivision to the intersection with Witt Road due to flooding of Powers and Smith Creeks. And Westside Road has single lane alternating traffic near the North Westside Firehall at Short’s Creek as debris is being cleared from the creek.

Sand is available for City of Kelowna residents at 1948 Lindahl St., the corner of Richter Street and Rowcliffe Avenue and to the Cook Street boat launch for residents who need to fill sand bags to protect their property from flooding.

Sand is also available for West Kelowna residents at Falcon Park on Green Bay Road, Casa Loma Beach Park on Casa Loma Road and Pebble Beach Park at the end of Whitworth Road.

North Westside residents may fill sand bags at the main firehall in Killiney Beach.

Sand is available for Joe Rich residents at the Joe Rich Fire Rescue hall at 11481 Highway 33.

Sand bags are no longer available at local fire halls and theEmergency Operations Centre will advise when supplies are restocked.

A flood watch is still in effect for Mission Creek, the Kettle River along with the Salmon River and it's tributaries in the Shuswap.

For the latest information and updates to the Central Okanagan Emergency Service website.


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