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Evacuation alert expanded to 148 properties in rural Oliver

The Sportsmens Bowl area north of Oliver, already under siege from floodwaters, is under further threat tonight as the regional district places 148 properties on evacuation alert tonight, April 16, 2018.
April 16, 2018 - 9:55 PM

OLIVER - The regional district is expanding an evacuation alert north of Oliver tonight.

The potential for a debris flow through the Sportsmens Bowl Road area, across Highway 97 and down Park Rill Creek for several kilometres is possible as a culvert and dam above Secrest Hill Road are in danger of releasing water and debris.

Up to 148 properties could be affected and are subject to the expanded evacuation alert, issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen tonight, April 16, 2018.

This includes homes on portions of Covert Place, Highway 97, Horsetail Road, Island Road, Knight Road, Pampas Grass Way, Park Rill Road, River Road, Secrest Hill Road, Sitka Road, Sportsmans Bowl Road, Test Orchard Road and Wheatgrass Road.

See the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen website for detailed information regarding how residences affected and how to prepare to evacuate.

The Oliver Fire Department is assisting in delivering notices.

A state of local emergency has been expanded for all Electoral Area “C” within the regional district.

Highway 97 remains open at this time and no residents have been asked to leave their properties yet, but this could change.

For more information, see the regional district website, email: info@rdos .bc.ca, or call 250-490-4225.

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