Keeping Kelowna’s lakeshore drains clear

Huge pumps to be used to keep lake water from backing up drainage systems along the lakeshore

Okanagan Lake is expected to reach full pool this weekend and an Emergency Operations Centre official says large pumps will once again be brought in to keep the city’s lakeshore drainage system working.

“We’ll probably see the pumps being deployed in the next few days but they may not have to be started up right away,” said Alan Newcombe, operations section chief with the EOC and director of infrastructure planning with the City of Kelowna.

There was some question about the availability of the the pumps, given the demand in many other parts of the province. But Newcombe said enough pumps have been sourced from the Lower Mainland to meet local need.

READ MORE: LAKE COULD HIT FULL POOL BY FRIDAY

The huge pumps were brought in during last year’s flooding and used at several spots downtown, near Kelowna General Hospital and in the Mission. One of the large pumps was also used on the Peachland lakeshore last year as well.

While the lake has not yet risen to the heights its reached last spring, Newcombe said it is filling quickly and the EOC and the city want to be prepared.

On Thursday, the EOC said it is advising people living along the lakeshore to prepare for the lake to rise to the same levels reached last spring—343.25 metres—as a precaution. But at this point, it is not expected to surpass that height.

Concerns about wakes from passing boats and high winds causing waves should also be taken into account when flood precautions are being taken, said EOC spokesman Ed Henczel.

He said with the recent hot weather, the lake level has risen quickly is now expected to reach full pool by Friday, much earlier than originally predicted. Last year, at its height, the lake level was 75 centimetres above full pool.

Provincial officials released a great deal of water from the lake through the Penticton dam in a March, April and early May in a bid to bring down the lake level in preparation for more water flowing into its via creeks and streams as a result of heavy snow melt in the surrounding mountains.

But that release was curtailed recently because of flooding problems south of Penticton, particularly around Osoyoos.

As late as two weeks ago, the province was predicting the lake level would only rise to to 40 to 45 centimetres above full full pool.

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@KelownaCapNews
newstips@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Grass fire reported near Traders Cove

West Kelowna - Emergency crews are responding to reports of a grass fire today

Lake Country residents to meet with district to discuss public beaches

Carr’s Landing residents are invited to provide feedback to the district

Okanagan Lake levels rising

The lake hit full pool today

Kelowna residents enjoy May Days parade

The 59th annual May Days celebration takes place this weekend

Big-time Kelowna band to rock Ponderosa

Yukon Blonde is touring Canada

VIDEO: Grand Forks shores up defences as floodwaters rise to peak levels

Canadian Forces, volunteers working to protect low-lying areas

Chilliwack Chiefs moving on to RBC Cup final after thrilling win over Ottawa

Kaden Pickering scored the winning goal in the 3rd period as Chilliwack won their semi-final 3-2.

In Photos: Trooper attracts a crowd on Shuswap Lake

Hundreds of boats turn up to watch the Canadian rockers play atop a 94 foot houseboat

VIDEO: As floodwaters recede, crews assess the damage to Grand Forks’ downtown

More than four dozen firefighters and building inspectors came out to help

Wellington Dukes pull off epic upset of Wenatchee at RBC Cup

The Dukes are off to the championship game after downing the Wild 2-1 Saturday at Prospera Centre.

Canada to face U.S. for bronze at world hockey championship

Canada was looking to play in the gold medal game for a fourth straight year, but saw 3-2 loss

Olympic gold medallist returns to Summerland

Justin Kripps brought his gold medal to Summerland Secondary Thursday

Searchers for Vancouver Island father turn focus to Cowichan River

Cowichan SAR joined by many other SAR groups, volunteers now determined to find missing man

Vacationers urged to check for stowaway bats that could carry deadly disease

‘White-nose syndrome’ has killed millions of bats in North America, but hasn’t arrived in B.C. yet

Most Read