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North Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre opens as high water concerns continue near Vernon

FILE PHOTO: Duteau Creek.
Image Credit: CONTRIBUTED/Regional District of North Okanagan
May 06, 2017 - 11:53 AM

VERNON - Two homes in the North Okanagan are on evacuation notice as the Duteau Creek rises.

The Regional District of North Okanagan has activated its Emergency Operations Centre as concerns of flooding continue in the area. Two homes near the Headgates Dam are on evacuation notice, according to a press release, and staff are continuing to monitor the situation.

Along with concerns for public infrastructure and private property, the high water is creating issues for water quality. The Greater Vernon Water Utility has switched its water source to Kalamalka Lake from Duteau Creek due to concerns over increased turbidity, or water cloudiness.

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