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Despite dropping lake levels, flood risk isn't over: Emergency Operations

Okanagan Lake levels continue to drop, as flooding threat slowly subsides.
July 04, 2017 - 12:14 PM

KELOWNA - Okanagan Lake’s water level went down 7.3 centimetres over the Canada Day long weekend.

As of this morning, July 4, Okanagan Lake was measured at 342.964 metres above sea level, or 48 centimetres above full pool, according to a Central Okanagan Emergency Operations media release. Kalamalka Lake’s level also 48 centimetres above full pool, or 392.179 metres above sea level.

Although crews continue to remove food protection equipment from areas no longer at risk, officials are reminding lakefront homeowners to maintain any flood protection measures in place.

As water levels subside, crews are working to clean debris off of beaches, while assessing any damage that occurred.

“Lots of beaches will be devoid of sand, but we need to wait for the lake to drop more so we can find out more," Emergency Operations spokesperson Tom Wilson says. “We can’t use sand from the sand bags, we have to source a specific kind of sand.”

Crews will be able to see how much sand is needed to replace what was lost at the beach once the lake levels drops more.

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