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Update: High streamflow advisory for Mission Creek rescinded

The Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program advises a High Streamflow Advisory issued Sunday by the BC River Forecast Centre for the Mission Creek and other watersheds east of Kelowna to Vernon, has now ended.

The Centre says rainfall has ended through the South Interior and river levels have eased from last week’s high snow melt and precipitation.

Even though the advisory has ended, until the spring snowmelt and runoff is complete, the Regional District of Central Okanagan Emergency Program continues to encourage all property owners adjacent to and in low lying areas of Mission Creek and other Central Okanagan water bodies to take appropriate measures to protect their property and to make an emergency plan in the event any possible flooding occurs due to weather conditions.

Monday, May 5, 9 a.m.

The BC River Forecast Centre has issued a High Streamflow Advisory affecting the Mission Creek and other small to medium watersheds across the Okanagan from east of Kelowna to Vernon

The snowpack has been melting since the warm spell late last week and with a special weather statement issued by Environment Canada forecasting from 15 to 25 millimeters of rain through today, Central Okanagan creeks are expected to keep rising, as a result of this additional forecasts rainfall.

A High Streamflow Advisory means that river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected.  Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible.

The Central Okanagan Emergency Program encourages residents and property owners in low lying and flood prone areas to take appropriate measures to prepare and protect their properties as conditions can change rapidly during the spring runoff. Meanwhile, efforts continue to monitor weather patterns and water levels of local creeks, streams and lakes.

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 on the Regional Emergency Operation Centre website www.cordemergency.ca and the Emergency Management BC website pep.bc.ca/floods/preparedness.html.

Anyone noticing a potential problem or flooding concern in the Central Okanagan is asked to call the Regional Fire Dispatch at: 250-469-8577.  Sandbags are available at local fire halls for any property owner facing imminent danger from flooding.  At this time they are responsible for providing their own sand.

The District of West Kelowna has deposited sand and sandbags for its property owners in three locations:  Casa Loma Beach (2606 Casa Loma Road), Pebble Beach Park (adjacent to 2583 Whitworth Road) and Falcon Park (between 1343 and 1339 Green Bay Road).

At this time of year, Central Okanagan 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.  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 (EOC), the latest information will be available online at the EOC Information website  www.cordemergency.ca.

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