West Kelowna calls for provincial review of flood factors

What happened with the flood?

West Kelowna council unanimously agreed at their recent meeting to ask the provincial government to conduct a review of all possible factors leading to the flooding and mitigation efforts after this spring’s flooding event.

Council’s request will include a review of the timing of the spring freshet in relation to the release of water from the Okanagan Lake system at various dams, the need for additional data collection stations related to weather, snowpack and streamflow and climate change impacts and freshet management.

Other issues they want examined include fishery needs, flood plain building, upland logging impacts, the banning of power boats during times of declared state of emergency, and the capacity of municipalities and first nations to respond to emergencies.