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Flood protection in the Okanagan beginning to be removed

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July 09, 2017 - 4:05 PM

KELOWNA – Over the weekend some sand bags have disappeared from the shores of Okanagan Lake.

Flood protection is being removed from certain areas where water has begun to recede, according to Central Okanagan Emergency Operations. Sandbags are being removed from areas in Lake Country and West Kelowna. The work in West Kelowna is expected to continue into the week.

Crews will continue working in low risk flood areas in Kelowna and Peachland as well.

Sign boards will be up to notify people in the areas protection is being removed from. Private flood protection should remain in place until specific notifications are issued, according to the operations centre.

When removing sandbags, waterfront property owners should keep a wall that will protect against wind and wave action 60 cm above the lake level. Anyone removing sandbags around stagnant water should wear gloves and rubber boots.

Sandbags should not be emptied into creeks, lakes, wetlands or on to beaches because; doing so can destroy animal habitats and affect drinking water. Sandbags can be dropped off at designated locations. For information about where to get rid of sandbags, along with other debris, click here.

An online tool to report damage due to flooding is on the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations website, as well. The information collected will help officials understand the magnitude of the flooding in the Okanagan.

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