Keeping an eye on rising water levels

Waterfront property owners and those in low lying areas adjacent to Okanagan Lake are advised to take steps to protect against still rising lake levels and wave action.

Waterfront property owners and those in low lying areas adjacent to Okanagan Lake are advised to take steps to protect against still rising lake levels and wave action.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations expects Okanagan Lake will surpass its full pool level.  How much it rises above full pool will depend on weather conditions.

Lakefront property owners are being advised by the Central Okanagan Emergency Response Centre to take the necessary steps to protect their properties, docks and other waterfront structures from the high water levels and the impact of wave action.

Sandbags are available for those facing imminent threat at all main municipal firehalls in the Central Okanagan as well as in the fire service areas within the Central Okanagan East and West electoral areas (Joe Rich, Wilson’s Landing, North Westside and Ellison).  Sand is available for City of Kelowna residents at the Cook Street Boat Launch.

Due to the high lake water levels, all Okanagan Lake boaters should keep their speeds and wakes down when approaching or travelling near the shoreline.  Boaters should continue to watch for and avoid floating debris on Okanagan Lake.

Residents and waterfront property owners are being asked to leave any wood debris along local beaches and waterfront areas in an effort to reduce erosions from wave action during this period of high lake water levels.

Property owners living adjacent to area creeks and streams should continue to watch water levels and take appropriate precautions.

If you notice flooding in your area, please contact the Provincial Emergency Program 24-hour Emergency Coordination Centre at 1-800-663-3456.

Information and pamphlets on flood preparedness including a recommended method for sandbag diking are available from the Regional District of Central Okanagan office (1450 KLO Road) and the main City of Kelowna fire hall on Enterprise Way as well as on the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/emergencyplan.  Information about flood precautions is also on the Provincial Emergency Program website:  pep.bc.ca/floods/preparedness.html

Residents are asked to continue to exercise caution near any area creeks and streams.  Please keep children and pets safely back from creek banks, which may be slippery or subject to erosion by the higher, swifter moving water.  There is also the potential for unexpected rapid increases in creek water levels.

Just Posted

Nominations for Kelowna Chamber of Commerce “40 Under Forty” now open

The chamber said the search for “Best of the Best” is on

Kelowna city council approves off-leash dog beach on Lake Avenue

This is the fourth off-leash dog beach to be implemented in Kelowna

Nominations open for Kelowna’s 45th annual Civic and Community Awards

The awards recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions made in the community each year

Waste collection changes for Central Okanagan for the holiday season

Garbage and recycling will not be collected on Christmas or New Year’s Day

Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson won’t run again in 2021

Thomson confirmed rumours he would not be seeking re-election on Monday

VIDEO: Kenney lays out key demands for meeting with Trudeau

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney aims for clear signs of federal action on two-day Ottawa trip

Province sues over sailing incident that killed teen with disabilities

Gabriel Pollard, 16, died from injuries after marine lift failed

First Nations want Big Bar landslide cleared ASAP to allow fish passage

Leadership calling for urgent action and resources to remove obstruction on the Fraser

Assessed value of Lower Mainland homes expected to decrease in 2020

Other areas of province may see modest increases over last year’s values

Two Okanagan residents convicted and fined for hunting out of season

Both residents were convicted in a Kelowna provincial court

Book examines history of B.C. wine industry

Author Luke Whittall has studied the growth of the industry from the mid-19th century to today

Chilliwack family’s therapy dog injured in hit and run

Miniature pit bull Fifty’s owner is a single mother facing close to $10,000 in vet bills

Most Read