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Evacuations, notices and local states of emergency still stand in Kelowna due to flood concerns

FILE PHOTO: Chach Denero is the manager of a business on Adams Road that was flooded today, May 5, 2017.
May 08, 2017 - 7:44 AM

KELOWNA  - Evacuation alerts and orders remain in effect for a locations in and around Kelowna.

The local state of emergency still stands in the City of Kelowna, City of West Kelowna and the Fintry Delta north of West Kelowna. Evacuation orders and alerts change constantly and more are being issues regularly by Central Okanagan Emergency Operations.

This is the list of properties currently under an evacuation order according to Central Okanagan Emergency Operations:

An Evacuation Order has been expanded to include the following properties on Rest Route and Water Way within Holiday Park RV and Condo Resort at 415 Commonwealth Road due to flooding:

439 Rest Route

441 Rest Route

443 Rest Route

445 Rest Route

447 Rest Route

449 Rest Route

451 Rest Route

453 Rest Route

455 Rest Route

457 Rest Route

459 Rest Route

461 Rest Route

403 Water Way

405 Water Way

407 Water Way

409 Water Way

411 Water Way

413 Water Way

415 Water Way

417 Water Way

And a new Evacuation Order has been issued for the following units at 720 Commonweath Road:

233, 234, 235, 236 and the unit opposite 233

These affected residents are encouraged to register with the Emergency Support Services volunteers staffing the reception centre at the Salvation Army Church, 1480 Sutherland Avenue (corner of Sutherland Avenue and Burtch Road).  It has reopened to assist these new evacuees and will then close.  It will open again at 11:00 am tomorrow (Monday) morning.

Details and specific addresses can be viewed on the Regional Emergency Program website map www.cordemergency.ca/map.The map also shows locations of sand and sandbags along with road closures due to flooding.

Assessments continue on all properties under Evacuation Orders with the goal of returning those properties to their owners as soon as possible.

Emergency Management BC has new information available for residents to consider when returning to their home after flooding.  Some areas of importance include the safety of drinking water, safety regarding electrical and gas utilities, food safety and caution surrounding removal of furniture and building materials 

The Emergency Operation Centre recommends all sandbags be left in place even if it appears that stream and water levels are dropping. Conditions and weather can change without notice resulting in a return to high water levels and potential flooding.

Officials continue to monitor the levels and flows of area creeks, streams and lakes.  Residents should use extreme caution and keep children and pets away from creek banks which can be very slippery and subject to erosion.  Water levels and flows may rise unexpectedly.  Boaters are asked to keep speeds down when near the shoreline to reduce potential wake erosion.  As well, they should watch for floating debris flowing into area lakes due to the higher flows.

Travel is not recommended on Chute Lake Road due to washouts and deteriorating conditions.

The following previously issued Evacuation Orders and Alerts continue to be in effect:

Okanagan Indian Band IR#7

Order - 415 Commonwealth Road, Holiday Park– Beachview building
Order - 415 Commonwealth Road, Holiday Park – Park Place building
Order - 7841 Highway 97 – Turtle Lodges

In the City of Kelowna:

• 1966 Richter St.

• 222 Adams Rd.

• 184 Adams Rd.

• 214 Adams Rd.

• 3911 Old Vernon Rd.

• 4355 Jaud Rd.

• 3545 Bulman Rd.

• 1826 Marshall Rd.

• 3897 Casorso Rd.

• 4697 Gordon Dr.

• 1980 Ethel St.

• 1981 Gordon Dr.

• 1824 Marshall Rd.

• 1237 Pacific Ave.

• 2002 Ethel St.

• 543 Rowcliffe Ave.

• 534 Sutherland Ave.

• 1955 Pacific Ct.

• 1915 Pacific Ct.

• 1902 Lindahl St.

• 1936 Lindahl St.

• 1948 Lindahl St.

• 1118 Brookside Ave.

• 1122 Brookside Ave.

• 1130 Brookside Ave.

The evacuation alert for the 90 properties in the Fintry Delta area remains in effect, as does the order for Fintry Provincial Park.

A boil water notice remains in effect for Westbank First Nation IR 9.

Preparedness B.C. has tips for people protecting or returning to their property. Click here for more.


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