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Higher temperatures and recent rains has Central Okanagan district warning of flooding

It’s anticipated the mid to upper-elevation snow melt will speed up now through late June
City of Kelowna crews use excavator to clear debris from bridge at KLO and Spiers roads in June, 2022. (Photo/Jacqueline Gelineau Capital News)

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.

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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.

More information on preparedness can be found on the Central Okanagan Emergency Program or provincial emergency management websites.

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Gary Barnes

About the Author: Gary Barnes

Recently joined Kelowna Capital News and WestK News as a multimedia journalist in January 2022. With almost 30 years of experience in news reporting and radio broadcasting...
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