FLOOD WATCH 2017: Rising water threatening homes, properties and parks around South Okanagan region

The SS Sicamous sits in high water on Okanagan Lake, May 19, 2017.

PENTICTON - Residents in the South Okanagan should be on alert as the flood risk continues.

In Penticton flood mitigation plans have been triggered due to increasing water levels in Okanagan lake, which rose another 2 cm yesterday, according to Central Okanagan Emergency Services. City, Emergency Management B.C. and Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen staff are working on plans for low lying areas, according to a press release.

The release states “Areas affected include lands near the SS Sicamous, parts of the Okanagan Lake Walkway, part of Rotary Park a small area in front of the Lakeside Hotel, part of Okanagan Lake Park, the Marina area and three private residences.”

“We ask people to avoid these areas and stay away from fast moving water while the watch is in effect,” CAO Peter Weeber says in the release.

Meanwhile in the Twin Lakes area south west of Kaleden nine homes have been put on evacuation alert and a Local State of Emergency has been declared according ot a press release from the regional district.

The properties on alert are:

  • 186, 188, 190, 192, 194, 196, 198, 200 Twin Lakes Rd.

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