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West Kelowna declares state of local emergency due to flood waters

FILE PHOTO: A state of local emergency has been declared for the City of West Kelowna due to flooding.
May 06, 2017 - 1:28 PM

KELOWNA - A local state of emergency has been declared for West Kelowna due to flooding and more roads are being closed in Kelowna.

To address local flooding, the City of West Kelowna declared a state of local emergency late this morning, May, 6. A press conference has been called for 3 p.m. with local officials for more information about the situation in West Kelowna.

An evacuation alert was issued last night for properties in the Fintry Delta area. No new evacuation alerts or orders have been issued in the area today, though emergency personnel have conducted tactical evacuations for safety, according to a press release from Central Okanagan Emergency Operations.

The list of streets closed due to flooding has increased and now includes Sutherland Avenue from Pandosy Avenue to Richter Street, Buckland Avenue from Marshall Street to Ellis Street and Marshall Street in Kelowna.

In Lake Country Beaver Lake Road is also closed.

The emergency services reception centre opened this morning at 1480 Sutherland Ave. for any residents impacted by the floodwaters. People who have received an evacuation order are asked to register.

More sandbag supplies have been brought in for residents looking to protect their property. To find the closest one, click here.

Currently power is out for around 470 West Kelowna residents along Gellatly Road as part of a planned power outage. B.C. Hydro crews are on the scene for repairs. Power is expected back on at 4 p.m. according to the B.C. Hydro website.

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