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New digital tool released to help residents report flood damage

Crews are currently working to remove some flood defences as well as cleaning up debris on public beaches, caused by the current flooding in the Central Okanagan.
June 30, 2017 - 1:15 PM

KELOWNA - For almost two months, historic flooding in the Okanagan has caused damage to public and private property. In order to help residents report damage to their properties, the Central Okanagan Emergency Centre has launched a digital tool, that makes it easy for homeowners to report how the flooding has affected them.

The information may help the recovery team understand the magnitude of flooding and help prevent future flooding, according to a Central Okanagan Emergency Centre release. 

Additionally, residents could be eligible for the B.C. Disaster Financial Assistance program, as well as a program offered by the Canadian Red Cross

Although crews have been working over the past few days to remove some flood barriers, officials stress that lakefront owners should keep any flood protection in place until the threat of flooding completely subsides. 

Over the past 24 hours, Okanagan Lake has gone down 1.5 centimetres, currently sitting at 343.052 metres above sea level, making it 57 centimetres above full pool, according to the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre.  

Kalmalka lake's level also dropped. It now stands at 392.243 metres, 1.4 centimetres down from Thursday's level, making it 53 centimetres above full pool.

Just in time for the long weekend, the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre has released a guide to boating. A boating wake map is available, so boaters can be aware of the high risk areas along the lake.

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