The mouth of Mission Creek in Kelowna from the air, June 2, 2017.

Flying over the affected floods

Fortis in Kelowna takes the Capital News out on a tour of flood impacted areas

Fortis BC says they are not expecting any wide-spread power outages due to high waters in the Kelowna area and other parts of the province.

But the power company is ready to respond to any outages and has set up area command centres and is putting together contingency plans in the event of any problems due to high water.

On Friday, a Fortis crew took the Capital News along to view some flood areas as part of a regular maintenance run, inspecting power lines and sub stations.

Areas flown over include the mouth of Mission Creek in Kelowna.

“Given the potential peak levels of Okanagan Lake, we don’t have any major concerns,” said Nicole Bogdanovic, corporate communications advisor. “But we are very active in monitoring infrastructure and keeping our eyes on what’s happening.”

Bogdonovic said there have been pockets of outages in certain areas that the company has dealt with, but nothing wide-scale.

The fly-0ver took a look at Kelowna’s City Park, where the beach is completely underwater.

One of the areas hit hardest in the Lake Country area is around Duck Lake, where the Holiday Park Resort faced evacuations. Some power poles around Duck Lake did come in contact with water, however the company said it would not compromise the power.

The Fortis flyover was to inspect potential flood areas but also part of the company’s regular maintenance on its power-lines. A two-man crew inspected the lines all the way to Vernon, to Black Mountain and out to Big White, as well as to Penticton.

Fortis is currently working with as many as six different regional districts, monitoring flooding in several difference areas.

Just Posted

Repairs underway to West Kelowna road after flood damage

A portion of Lower Glenrosa Road will be closed until at least Monday says the city

Rally in Kelowna to protest pipeline

Forty people gather outside MP’s office to protest Trans Mountain pipeline project

Protect the Water rally today in Kelowna

The rally will be held at No. 102 – 1420 St Paul Street, Kelowna.

Feature Friday: Is the sky the limit for downtown Kelowna construction?

City building up, not out, as high rise living becomes more popular

Free theatre performance for Lake Country families

Robinson Crusoe + Friday will be performed at Creekside Theatre April 14

What’s happening

Find out which events are taking place in the Okanagan and Shuswap this weekend

Canucks sing the Blues as they fall to St. Louis 4-1

Berglund nets two, including the game-winner, to lift St. Louis over Vancouver

Calving season brings hope for Cariboo ranchers

Still a lot of work ahead to recover from the wildfires

Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond wins figure skating world title

The 22-year-old fwon the women’s singles crown with her Black Swan routine

B.C. pooches celebrate National Puppy Day

Check out some of the submissions from around B.C. for National Puppy Day 2018

Photos: Salmon Arm celebrates Paralympic champion Natalie Wilkie

Hometown hero welcomed home with parade, recognition ceremony at city hall

Alberta tells B.C. to stop opposing pipelines if it doesn’t like gas prices

John Horgan said he would like to see the federal government step in to deal with high gas prices.

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

B.C. mother hit in truck rampage dies

Family confirms mother of four Kelly Sandoval dies almost two months after being hit.

Most Read