In June 2022, Kelowna came under a local state of emergency following heavy rains that contributed to several area creeks spilling their banks.
The Central Okanagan emergency program is encouraging waterfront property owners, and those near creeks and streams, to be ready to protect their properties.
A news release from the Regional District Central Okanagan (RDCO) states that with warmer temperatures forecast for later this week, and recent rains, it’s anticipated the mid to upper-elevation snow melt will speed up now through late June.
“With these seasonal conditions, there is the potential for localized flooding. That’s true especially for those Central Okanagan property owners that have had high water issues in the past.”
Property owners are responsible for having a plan as well as the tools and equipment necessary to protect from possible flood damage.
Local governments and the province are monitoring snowpack levels and weather conditions, and advisories, watches and warnings will be issued if needed.