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Wind and flooding threatening Highway 97 near Antlers Beach

Concrete barricades have been torn down near Antlers Beach Thursday, June 8, 2017.
June 08, 2017 - 4:24 PM

OKANAGAN – As predicted, heavy winds are wreaking havoc on flood protection measures around Okanagan Lake, and are even threatening a section of Highway 97 near Peachland.

Waves have been crashing over concrete barriers near Antlers Beach since early this afternoon, forcing emergency crews to close one of the lanes while an assessment of the damage was made. A worker who declined to give his name says commuters will likely be inconvenienced for some time as close to 300 m of concrete barriers have shifted and need to be repositioned.

Traffic is backed up in both directions.

City crews were also forced to add almost half a metre of new road surface to Poplar Point Drive today, June 8, after wind pushed lake water over barricades completely flooding the street.

A call to the City of Kelowna was not returned in time for publication but work appears to be close to finished.

Have any roads near you been closed or affected by the flood? Leave them in the comments section below. 

Poplar Point Drive was completely under water before City crews added road material today, June 8.
Poplar Point Drive was completely under water before City crews added road material today, June 8.

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