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Flooding evacuation order at Lake Country resort downgraded to an alert

Okanagan and Kalmalka Lake levels continue to drop, but winds remain a factor in flooding.
June 21, 2017 - 12:44 PM

KELOWNA - Even though the evacuation order at Tween Lakes Resort in Lake Country has been downgraded to an alert, emergency officials continue to warn residents not to remove flood protection just yet.

The Tween Lakes Resort on Oyama Road is now under an evacuation alert, but it is still closed to the public because of flood damage, according to an Emergency Operations Centre media release.

While the water level in Okanagan and Kalamalka Lake are slowly dropping, the Central Okanagan Emergency Opertions Centre warns sandbag dams and other protective measures on lakeshore areas and along creeks feeding into the lakes "must be kept in place."

Okanagan Lake is now at 343.165 metres above sea level, which is a 1.2 centimetre drop from yesterday, June 20, officials say. With the lake at historically high levels, it is not expected to return to normal until the end of July.

The water level in Kalamalka Lake also continues to fall with a three centimetre drop since Sunday, giving it a current level of 392.338 metres.

With winds ranging from 20 to 30 kilometres per hour and warm weather expected over the next week, crews are constantly assessing the condition of foreshore protection measures, Emergency Operations says.

Crews are removing sandbags from areas that are no longer at risk for flooding along Mill Creek in downtown Kelowna around Marshall Street.

For the very latest, go to the Central Okanagan Emegency Operations website.


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