With warmer daytime temperatures in the forecast, it’s expected more snow at the higher elevations will melt resulting in faster flows and rising levels of Lake Country creeks and streams.
While there are currently no watches or advisories in effect, residents and property owners in low lying and flood prone areas are encouraged to take the steps they need to prepare and protect their properties as conditions can change rapidly during the spring runoff.
“The Central Okanagan Emergency Program, local governments and the province continue to monitor weather patterns and water levels of local creeks, streams and lakes,” said Bruce Smith, with the Regional District of Central Okanagan.
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 at www.cordemergency.ca and pep.bc.ca/floods/preparedness.html.
Anyone noticing a potential problem or flooding concern in Lake Country is asked to call 250-469-8801. Sandbags are available at local fire halls for any property owner facing imminent danger from flooding.
“Residents are asked to use caution around all local water bodies. People are reminded that water levels may rise unexpectedly and they and their pets should stay safely back from creek banks, which may be slippery or subject to erosion from the spring runoff,” said Smith.
“Okanagan Lake boaters are also advised to be on the look-out for floating debris carried into the lake from rising and faster flowing tributaries.”
In the event of an emergency and activation of the Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre, the latest information will be available online at www.cordemergency.ca.