June 14, 2022
The District of Lake Country will make sand and sandbags available for residents who live near Okanagan Lake who wish to protect their properties from potential flooding.
Snowpack levels, temperatures and rainfall are variable factors that combine to elevate the risk of flooding of local waterways. The Regional Emergency Program activated an Emergency Operations Centre today to address areas of localized flooding.
With continuing rain impacting Okanagan Lake, the District will place sandbag supplies at Whiskey Cove, 15708 Whiskey Cove Road, for residents who need them. The supplies are expected to be in place by Wednesday, June 15. No other Lake Country waterways and lakes are showing signs of flooding but wet conditions are expected to continue.
Citizens living near creeks and lakes 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.
Residents pruning trees or bushes are reminded not to leave cuttings on the banks or throw anything into waterways or lakes. Debris in waterways can block infrastructure.
Crews will conduct ongoing monitoring of Lake Country waterways.
The Regional Emergency Program has activated an Emergency Operations Centre to support the emergency response to localized flooding. Read the Latest Updates here: www.cordemergency.ca.
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