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Residents of the Okanagan Indian Band reserve warned of rising lake waters

FILE PHOTO: Okanagan Lake
May 10, 2017 - 4:15 PM

OKANAGAN INDIAN BAND – An already full Okanagan Lake is expected to rise even more later this week, prompting the Okanagan Indian Band to warn residents about the very real risk of flooding.

With a forecast of rain and rising temperatures over the next few days, OKIB is alerting residents living in the vicinity of creeks to prepare for increased water flows and rising lake levels beginning at noon on Thursday May 11, 2017, the band says in a media release. Okanagan Lake, currently at capacity, is expected to increase in water volume by 30 centimeters.
The band has established a command centre to monitor potential situations resulting from water flows expected to exceed those experienced this past Friday.

Stay safe by keeping your distance from creek and river banks; these fast moving bodies of water are serious hazards, the band says. 

There are no current evacuation orders for Okanagan Indian Band locations, but residents living on reserve lands are encouraged to check the band website for updates or the following websites:
River Forecast Centre 
Boil Water Advisory 
Volunteers are needed to assist in filling sand bags. If you are interested in volunteering, or require more information contact the OKIB Command Centre at 250-542-7132.

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