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iN PHOTOS: The Central Okanagan prepares for flooding

Lake Country resident Dane Jorsvik rides a bike through a mobile home park on Commonwealth Road Thursday, May 11, 2017.
May 11, 2017 - 6:30 PM

KELOWNA - While some Central Okanagan residents are still trying to recover from last week's flooding, others are preparing for a second storm that could be worse than the first.

Last Friday, May 5, a combination of large volumes of rain and warm temperatures melting mountain snow, sent water spilling over banks in creeks in many areas across the Okanagan. Several businesses along Mill Creek were flooded out, including this one on Adams Road.

This business on Adams Road was flooded last week. The manager says damage could run into the millions of dollars.
This business on Adams Road was flooded last week. The manager says damage could run into the millions of dollars.

 

Homes, too, were impacted by the flood, with some on Evacuation Alert.

A mobile home park on Commonwealth Road is still under six inches of water.
A mobile home park on Commonwealth Road is still under six inches of water.

Residents of Commonwealth Road were packing and laying sandbags to save the road from flooding today, May 11, 2017.
Residents of Commonwealth Road were packing and laying sandbags to save the road from flooding today, May 11, 2017.

A lawn ornament in Lake Country.
A lawn ornament in Lake Country.

 

Not everyone was stressed by the announcement from Mayor Colin Basran that Kelowna was about to be hit by a flood unlike any we've ever seen. Some keep track of the rising water to give accurate updates to worried family who live out of town. 

Lake Country resident Willard Turner lives on the shore of Ellison Lake. He says this is already the highest the water has been since he moved here in the early 90's.
Lake Country resident Willard Turner lives on the shore of Ellison Lake. He says this is already the highest the water has been since he moved here in the early 90's.

 

Some simply play in the sand.

A Lake Country child empties sand from his shoes while his parents help shore up the banks of Duck Creek Thursday, May 11, 2017.
A Lake Country child empties sand from his shoes while his parents help shore up the banks of Duck Creek Thursday, May 11, 2017.

 

A spokesperson for the province says if a severe thunderstorm happens tonight as predicted, there could be much more flooding overnight and into the weekend. Residents and business owners across the area are placing sand bags and preparing for what could be a long couple of days. 

Water lapped at the door of this business on Adams Road last week. They are preparing for the worst.
Water lapped at the door of this business on Adams Road last week. They are preparing for the worst.

Rutland Secondary students volunteer filling sand bags at a location on Adams Road, Thursday, May 11, 2017.
Rutland Secondary students volunteer filling sand bags at a location on Adams Road, Thursday, May 11, 2017.

A boat floats in the front yard of a home under water on Commonwealth Road in Lake Country, Thursday, May 11, 2017.
A boat floats in the front yard of a home under water on Commonwealth Road in Lake Country, Thursday, May 11, 2017.

Lake Country resident Willard Turner's lakefront garden is now under a foot of water.
Lake Country resident Willard Turner's lakefront garden is now under a foot of water.

 

READ MORE: Everything you need to know about flooding in the Thompson-Okanagan.

 


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