More winds in the forecast have already burdened homeowners on alert. These two are trying to save a dock in this picture from Tuesday night.

Flood Watch: Gusty wind alert

Kelowna and area residents warned that south winds gusting to 40 kilometres an hour this afternoon

Residents along Okanagan Lake are expected to face more heavy waves this afternoon due to high winds in the forecast.

Environment Canada forecasts south winds gusting to 40 kilometres an hour this afternoon and has issued a Special Weather Statement for tomorrow with sustained winds of 30 to 40 kilometres and gusts to 60.

With lakes at historically high levels, there’s the potential for gusty winds to create waves that could lead to flooding and erosion along waterfront properties, particularly in areas with shorelines exposed to the south.

The Emergency Operation Centre planning staff has created and added a Southerly Winds Advisory map for waterfront locations that could potentially be impacted by southerly wind generated wave action across the region. A link to the map is available at www.cordemergency.ca.

Residents should leave all flood protection measures in place. They should continue to check their property flood fortifications, repairing, replacing and bolstering if needed to protect against wind generated waves on the high water levels. Emergency Operations Centre personnel are continuing to assess lake levels and the impact any future weather events may have on the ongoing emergency response.

The Emergency Operation Centre advises that the previously issued Evacuation Alert for 3550 Woodsdale Road (Emerald Point) in Lake Country has been lifted.

All other Evacuation Orders and Alerts remain. Check out the map at www.cordemergency.ca/map and search by address to determine if an area is under alert or order, or to find the closest sand and sandbag locations.

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

Just Posted

Lake Country rescue held for couple stuck in snow

The couple was taking late night photos when their vehicle became stuck

More early childhood educator positions created

Announcement in Kelowna for a new work experience project at the YMCA

Foundry linked with new youth mental health web site

New website to improve mental health and wellness for young people in B.C.

Kelowna woman only Canadian to train in Danish sailing program

A Kelowna sailor compares her life at sea to manning an old… Continue reading

Good Deeds: Family for the food bank

Taking advantage of the food banks purchasing power, funds were spent at Kelowna’s Superstore

Your Jan. 19 Morning Brief

Check out the top stories of the day in the Okanagan-Shuswap with Carmen Weld’s Black Press Morning Brief.

Letters: Peachlanders will have plenty to say at public hearing

A development proposal for Beach Ave. in Peachland, south of Kelowna, has people fired up

Kelowna’s Community Calendar

A partial listing of upcoming events in the Kelowna area

Las Vegas shooter acted alone, exact motive still undetermined: Sheriff

Stephen Paddock was behind the gunfire that killed 58 people including two Canadians

Police seize fentanyl and other drugs from Vernon home

Five people arrested in alleged dial-a-dope operation

Botox, bomb shelters, and the blues: one year into Trump presidency

A look into life in Washington since Trump’s inauguration

Letter: Dog beach deserves nice biffy too

Kelowna letter-writer says facilities are kind of disgusting at her dog beach

Albas takes on mortgage changes in town hall

Conservative MP mostly echoed chamber of commerce concerns but sparred with one attendee on details

Christopher Garnier appealing murder conviction in death of off-duty cop

Jury found Garnier guilty in December, rejecting his claim she died accidentally during rough sex

Most Read