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FLOOD WATCH 2017: Okanagan Indian Band issues evacuation orders as lake levels rise

May 24, 2017 - 6:27 AM

VERNON - The Okanagan Indian Band has issued evacuation orders for flood affected residents and organized an informational town hall meeting for tonight.

Rising lake levels prompted evacuations in several waterfront areas yesterday, May 23, according to a media release from the band.

The orders affect the following areas:

  • Willow Shore Road to include the following civic address starting: #1 Willow Shore Road ending #20 Willow Shore Road
  • Nashwhito Beachfront: Imtil Road Lots 33 & 34—Alexis Beach on Su/Q’im Road Lot 35 to Lot 43 
  • Whiteman’s Creek – 3 Lots North and 3 Lots South
  • Sandra Saddleman/Bobby Marchand/Darryl Marchand Beachfront – All Dwellings on these properties
  • Louis Estates Beachfront—Lots 25 to Lots 66 

Residents must leave the area immediately and are asked to register at the Reception Centre, which opened at 7:30 p.m. yesterday at the Vernon Recreation Centre on 37 Avenue.

Residents requiring assistance are advised to call the band's Emergency Operations Centre at 250-542-7132.
“Emergency Support Services and RCMP will be delivering the Evacuation Order to affected residences,” spokesperson Shaylen Smith says in the release. “Security will be patrolling the areas.”

All residents interested in learning about what to do next should attend the town hall meeting from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, May 24, at the Head of the Lake Hall.

Organizers will identify available resources and explain the recovery process. 

Representatives from Environment Canada, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Emergency Support Services, Red Cross, First Nations Health Authority, and B.C. Disaster Financial Assistance will speak to residents.

— This story was updated at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday, May 24, 2017 to include new information about the town hall meeting. 

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