Sandbags stored in Kelowna at Dilworth Drive and Enterprise Way.—Image credit: Warren Henderson/Capital News

Evacuation lifted for Lake Country resort

Despite lowering to an evacuation alert, Tween Lake Resort remains closed to the public.

The Central Okangan Emergency Operations Centre says the evacuation order for 15970 Oyama Road (Tween Lakes Resort) has been downgraded to an evacuation Alert.

But due to flooding impacts on the property, the resort will remain closed to the public.

According to the EOC, Okanagan and Kalamalka Lakes continue a slow decline but protective measures along the lakes’ shores and the mouths of feeder creeks must be kept in place.

Okanagan Lake dropped 1.2 centimetres to 343.165 metres above sea level overnight, compared to 343.177 yesterday morning. Okanagan Lake remains at historic high water levels. Even if the lake begins to decline more rapidly, levels will not return to normal until the end of July.

Kalamalka Lake dropped three centimetres since Sunday to 392.338 metres above sea level Wednesday morning.

Crews are assessing the condition of flood protection measures along lake foreshores in light of yesterday’s winds. Warm seasonal weather is expected for the next week, creating winds ranging from 20 to 30 kilometres per hour in the afternoon and early evening.

Redeployment of sandbags along Mill Creek continues in downtown Kelowna around Marshall Street. Crews are removing sandbags from public lands, and when possible from private property, to minimize ecological impact to creeks and streams no longer at risk of flooding.

Residents looking to bolster flood protection measures can visit www.cordemergency.ca/map to find locations of pre-filled sandbags, sandbags and sand.

Planning and assessment for the removal and disposal of sandbags and flood debris including docks and floating infrastructure are underway. Information on sandbag removal, and what to do with debris, will be posted at www.cordemergency.ca as it’s available.

For more information, visit www.cordemergency.ca, sign up for e-updates or call the information line at 250-469-8490.

For municipal information such as boat launch, park and beach closures, and water quality advisories, visit their websites.