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Evacuation alert issued due to flooding southwest of Princeton, along Highway 3

The evacuation alert from the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen.
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The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has issued an evacuation alert for one of its electoral areas southwest of Princeton due to flooding.

The alert was issued this morning, Nov. 20, for the communities of Eastgate, San Ang and Manning Park in Electoral Area H, along Highway 3.

“For properties that continue to be impacted by flooding, residents should avoid working in or around flooded areas due to potential dangers; including fallen or unstable trees or utility poles, damaged gas or power lines, or possible contamination. The public should also stay away from potentially fast moving water due to unstable ground,” according to a press release from the regional district.

The regional district recommends homeowners who are unable to care for themselves during the flooding to leave the affected area. If assistance is needed, you can contact Emergency Support Services.

The district is also advising residents to avoid the risk of staying to remain in their homes as emergency responders may be limited or unavailable due to road access issues or other issues related to the flooding such as downed power lines or washed out driveways.

Water wells may have been contaminated due to the flooding and the district is also advising residents to only consume bottled water or contact Interior Health to receive information about treating your well and water for personal use. Do not use your sewage disposal system until you know it can handle waste.

If you believe floodwaters may have damaged your septic system, the RDOS strongly recommends that you have it assessed by a wastewater professional authorized by Interior Health.

While under an evacuation alert, residents are asked to prepare in the event of an evacuation and to located family members and pack essential items.

For more information, contact the RDOS EOC at 250-490-4225.

More information on the evacuation alert can be found here.

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