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Flood warnings issued for Central Okanagan

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April 19, 2016 - 2:22 PM


CENTRAL OKANAGAN - Creeks and streams swollen by early spring run-off have prompted a cautionary warning from the Central Okanagan Regional District.

While low- and mid-elevation snowpacks have mostly melted, the higher than average snowpack this year in the Okanagan is just beginning to run off, driven by above-seasonal day and nighttime temperatures.

While the regional district doesn't name any specific areas of concern, it warns the risk of rain combined with high water is raising the threat of localized flooding.

Those who have experienced flooding before and those living near creeks, streams, lakes and in low-lying areas are most at-risk and should consider protecting their property and having the necessary tools and equipment in place.

Stockpiles of sandbags are available at most fire halls in the area although property owners must provide their own sand.

Instructions on how to properly build a sandbag dike and other flood preparedness information is available at the regional district office, 1450 KLO Rd. in Kelowna and at the main fire hall on Enterprise Way, as well as online at www.cordemergency.ca.

The regional district and the Ministry of Environment continue to monitor water levels and weather conditions contributing to the spring freshet and if needed, warnings will be issued by the B.C. River Forecast Centre.

High water also means residents should be aware and cautious around the area’s creeks and streams, which may rise in level quickly and unexpectedly.

River banks may be unstable from erosion so people are advised to keep themselves and their pets a safe distance away.

In the event of an emergency and activation of the Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre, the latest information will be available online at the centre's public Information website www.cordemergency.ca and via Facebook and Twitter.

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