There is growing concern that Okanagan Lake could flood, impacting adjacent properties. (photo submitted)

All eyes on Okanagan Lake

At last report early Sunday afternoon, Okanagan Lake was at 342.6 metres, or 40 centimetres below the flood mark

With creeks slowly coming under control, flooding concerns are now focused on Okanagan Lake.

Officials continue to conduct advance planning and prepare models for possible flooding should Okanagan Lake exceed the 343 metre mark.

“At last report early Sunday afternoon, Okanagan Lake was at 342.6 metres, or 40 centimetres below the flood mark,” states Central Okanagan Emergency Operations.

“The hope is that normal temperatures with little to no precipitation will prevail, creating a more gradual filling of the lake, to allow time for water to drain. While officials hope for the best, preparations for the worst are ongoing. For example, portable bladder dams are in stock and can be quickly put in place to help form protective barriers.”

Residents in flood advisory areas should move things up from basements and crawl spaces and be prepared to leave their homes if flooding should occur.

Boaters are reminded that lake levels are high and they should watch for floating debris as a significant amount has been flowing downstream into area lakes.

“Boaters should also keep their distance from shorelines and if possible keep speeds down as additional wave action could cause disturbance to banks and beaches,” states COEO.

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