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Rising water sparks state of emergency in Summerland neighbourhood

A flood Communications Centre is opening at Summerland Municipal Hall this morning, May 31, 2017, as the district issued a local state of emergency involving 13 properties last night.
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May 31, 2017 - 9:33 AM

SUMMERLAND - The rising water in Okanagan Lake has forced the District of Summerland to issue a state of local emergency for the Trout Creek area east of Highway 97.

The declaration was made at 7:30 p.m. yesterday, May 30, after rising ground water in the area began encroaching on Summerland’s electrical system.

The District says in a media release water has reached elevations high enough to submerge electrical connections in underground vaults and junction boxes in a few isolated areas. Water reaching these electrical connection points could electrify water in the area, extending to surface where contact could be made.

Electricity was turned off to 13 properties and District staff attended each residence to speak with the homeowner.

Properties affected at present include:

  • 880 Johnson St.
  • 892 Johnson St.
  • 5827 Dale Ave.
  • 5849 Dale Ave.
  • 5853 Dale Ave.
  • 5861 Dale Ave.
  • 897 Lighthouse Landing
  • 908 Lighthouse Landing
  • 906 Lighthouse Landing
  • 902 Lighthouse Landing
  • 898 Lighthouse Landing
  • 894 Lighthouse Landing
  • 514 Wharf St.

The District says an evacuation order is not in effect at this time, adding residents may determine whether they wish to leave or stay. Emergency Support Services will be available to those leaving their homes.

With new predictions from Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations suggesting water levels on Okanagan Lake could rise another 10 cm, District staff are mapping properties that could be affected at that level.

A flood Communications Centre is expected to open this morning, May 31, at the municipal hall and more information will be made available to residents and businesses affected.


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