Finally some good news after weeks of Okanagan Lake flood watch

Waves caused from heavy winds have started to erode parts of Highway 97 near Peachland.

CENTRAL OKANAGAN - With cooler temperatures and the snow pack in the Mission Creek watershed below 30 per cent, officials are turning their attention to wind and rain in regards to flooding concerns.

“While committed to responding to the flood risks, Emergency Operations Centre personnel are also planning for the demobilization and recovery period,” said the most recent Central Okanagan Emergency Services release. “In the meantime, residents should keep all flood protection measures in place until the EOC issues information on what actions to take to begin the recovery.”

As of Friday morning, Okanagan Lake was at 343.25 metres above sea level, one millimeter higher than Thursday, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada.

During the same time period, Kalamalka Lake rose to 392.440 metres above sea level, a three-millimeter increase.

After a storm that caused a retaining wall to collapse on Highway 97 near Antlers Regional Park, just outside of Peachland, crews are monitoring sections of the road damaged by waves.

Erosion protection is to be installed in the next few days in order to to protect the area.

Many docks around the Okanagan have been severely damaged, or completely torn away due to rough waves caused by heavy winds.
Many docks around the Okanagan have been severely damaged, or completely torn away due to rough waves caused by heavy winds.

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