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FLOOD WATCH 2017: No new damage after Thursday night rains

Wildfire firefighter Travis Kinniburgh helps Kate Fisher fill a sandbag at the Eldorado Marina on Lakeshore Road in Kelowna, Thursday, May 11, 2017.
May 12, 2017 - 5:51 AM

OKANAGAN - Thursday evening rains made for some restless nights around the Okanagan, but it appears the downpour in parts of the valley wasn't enough to exacerbate the local flooding situation.

The Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre says no new damage was reported overnight. A release this morning says authorities monitored creeks and streams of concern and we came through fine.

"That said the potential still exists for rising water levels across the Central Okanagan, as ongoing showers and possible thundershowers combine with melting snow in the higher elevations to boost creek and stream flows and levels of all area lakes," according to the release.

Residents in low-lying areas and near creeks and lakes that may be susceptible to flooding are advised to continue efforts to protect their property from potential flood damage.  Do not remove any sandbags or other protective measures until advised that the flood threat is over.

Meanwhile, overnight emergency operations spread their focus to other residents facing flood risks, particularly homes and communities along Okanagan Lake. You can check their maps here, but it's not hard to conceive: If you live along the lake and don't have a retaining wall, you are at risk and should be sandbagging your home.

If you live where there's purple, you should be taking measures to protect your home from flooding.
If you live where there's purple, you should be taking measures to protect your home from flooding.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/CORD Emergency

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