Beasley Sand bag station 2018-05-10

A State of Local Emergency has been declared for Lake Country as a precautionary measure due to potential high lake levels, stream flows on local creeks and high ground water levels.

 

“The state of emergency is a proactive approach that provides crews access to specific private properties in order to protect public infrastructure,” says the Central Okanagan’s Emergency Operations Centre.

 

City-wide local states of emergency also exist for Kelowna, Peachland and West Kelowna, and in the Central Okanagan’s West Electoral Area in the vicinity of Westside Road N to the Regional Boundary.

 

Flood prevention and mitigation efforts are underway throughout the region as officials continue to monitor lake levels, roads, culverts, weather, creeks and streams.  A self-serve sandbag filling station has been set up in Lake Country in the southwest parking lot at Beasley Park (3450 Woodsdale Road).  Watch www.lakecountry.bc.ca for more information as additional local sandbag filling stations are set up in Oyama and Carr’s Landing.

 

Property owners near lakefronts, creeks and streams, especially those who may have experienced flooding in the past, are being asked to proactively prepare.

 

Citizens living near lakes, creeks and streams are encouraged to:

  • Inspect their properties and adjacent culverts/drainage.
  • If it is safe to do so, on private property only, take action to clear debris to ensure it will not impede water flow or redirect water to cause flooding on other properties.
  • Before doing any work in and around water courses or sensitive areas, check with FLNRO (via FrontCounterBC), as special authorization or permits may be needed.
  • Have an emergency plan as well as the tools and equipment necessary to protect your private property from possible flood damage. 
  • Report any issues with public infrastructure to the Roads department at 250-766-5650.
  • For emergency response call 9-1-1.

Information and pamphlets on flood preparedness including a recommended method for sandbag diking are available on the Be Prepared page of the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations website www.cordemergency.ca and on the Prepared BC website.

All citizens should be cautious around area creeks as water can unexpectedly rise and flow faster.  People and pets should stay safely back from creek banks, which may be slippery or subject to erosion from the spring runoff.  Throughout the spring runoff, boaters should look-out for floating debris carried into area lakes from rising and faster flowing tributaries.

The latest information is available online at the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) Public Information website www.cordemergency.ca and via Facebook (www.facebook.com/CORDemergency) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/CO_Emerg).   Central Okanagan residents are encouraged to subscribe on the website to receive email notifications from the Emergency Program.

 

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For more information contact:

 

Karen Miller, Communications Officer

250-766-5650 x208  kmiller@lakecountry.bc.ca

Website:  www.lakecountry.bc.ca

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