FLOOD WATCH 2017: Okanagan Lake continues to rise as Summerland helps prepare residents for highwater mark

FILE PHOTO: Okanagan Lake off Naramata Centre Beach on Monday, May 15, 2017.

SUMMERLAND - As waters in Okanagan Lake continue to rise officials are warning lakefront property owners to prepare for the high water.

Levels have passed the high water mark posted in 1997 and are currently sitting at 342.8 cm today, May 20, according to Central Okanagan Emergency Operations. A high of 343 m is expected.

District of Summerland staff will be visiting lakefront residents and putting stakes in the ground at the 343 m mark around the community this weekend to give people an idea of how high the water will reach and where to prepare. Also, due to wave action, an extra .6 m may be affected by the lake. The Trout Creek area is the most vulnerable area.

More sand bags have been brought in to Summerland and are available at the fire hall at 10115 Jubilee Rd.

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