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High streamflow advisory has ended

The Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program has advised that the high streamflow advisory posted last Thursday has now ended.

It was issued last Thursday by the BC River Forecast Centre for the Mission Creek and other small watersheds in the Central Okanagan.

Even though the advisory has ended, until the spring snowmelt and runoff is complete, the Regional District of Central Okanagan Emergency Program encourages 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.

Weather patterns and water levels of local creeks, streams and lakes will continue to be monitored.

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 Rd.) 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.

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.  The public is 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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