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City, regional district pitch in to prevent flooding at Red Wing Resort

City and regional district crews are working to prevent a breach in the barrier erected last week to prevent rising lake waters from flooding portions of Red Wing Resort, a gated community on the northern outskirts of Penticton.
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June 02, 2017 - 8:31 AM

PENTICTON - The City of Penticton and the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen have been working in a cooperative effort to keep floodwaters of Okanagan Lake out of Red Wing Resorts.

City of Penticton Chief Administrative Officer Peter Weeber says the regional district took over efforts to protect the gated community, which lies outside city limits, from rising lake waters after the city took action last Sunday when the lake breached a low lying area of Red Wing.

A bladder dam was installed this week to protect a section of shoreline but rising water levels have required more action.

Weeber says the protective structure built on the weekend needs to be reinforced immediately, calling the situation “critical.”

The city has contacted the regional district, which is dispatching crews this morning.

Weeber says the city took some criticism for the action it took on the weekend, but adds City Council has made it clear help will be provided if the city’s neighbour’s need assistance.

He says the city is ready to assist the regional district in their efforts, if required.

“The regional district has done a great job this week protecting the rest of the Red Wing community,” Weeber says.


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