Residents respond to flooding on Saturday in Kelowna, May 5, 2017.

Mill Creek levels down

About 90 residences remain evacuated in Kelowna; some creeks going down, others remain high

Crews and residents in Kelowna fighting flooding problems are getting a bit of help, with word that levels in Mill Creek have gone down in the past 12 hours.

Mill Creek, along with other creeks in the Kelowna area, spilled their banks on Friday and had crews scrambling Saturday, dealing with flooding in several areas of the Central Okanagan.

While evacuation orders remain in effect for some 90 multi-family units, four single family homes, and one commercial property in Kelowna, Central Okanagan Emergency Operations says some levels are going down.

The Evacuation Order issued yesterday for Fintry Provincial Park remains in effect.

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“Indications suggest that the level of Mill Creek has decreased over the past 12 hours, as have other creeks within the region. Some creeks remain high. The EOC will conduct continual monitoring of creek levels throughout the day,” stated CORD in an update Sunday morning.

All Evacuation Orders and Alerts in place last night remain in effect this morning. Details and specific addresses can be viewed on the Regional Emergency Program website map www.cordemergency.ca/map

The map also shows locations of sand and sandbags along with road closures due to flooding.

Priorities today for emergency crews are road and creek assesments, working with Fortis to determine re-energizing of buildings without power and ensuring sand and sand bags continue to be available to residents.

The Emergency Support Services Reception Centre located in the Salvation Army Church, 1480 Sutherland Avenue will open at 11 this morning. Those people on Evacuation Order should report and register. Due to a shortage of hotel space in the area, evacuees are encouraged to try and find temporary accommodation with family and friends.

Local states of emergency have been declared for the City of Kelowna, the City of West Kelowna and for the Fintry Delta in the Regional District of Central Okanagan to address flooding.

Adams Road businesses had plenty of water to deal with yesterday.

The following Evacuation Orders and Alerts remain in effect:

City of Kelowna

1966 Richter St

222 Adams Rd

184 Adams Rd

214 Adams Rd

3911 Old Vernon Rd

4355 Jaud Rd

3545 Bulman Rd

1826 Marshall Rd

3897 Casorso Rd

4697 Gordon Dr

1980 Ethel St

1981 Gordon Dr

1824 Marshall Rd

1237 Pacific Ave

2002 Ethel St

543 Rowcliffe Avenue

534 Sutherland Avenue

1955 Pacific Court

1915 Pacific Court

1902 Lindahl Street

1936 Lindahl Street

1948 Lindahl Street

1118 Brookside Avenue

1122 Brookside Avenue

1130 Brookside Avenue

The Boil Water Advisory for Westbank First Nation IR#9 continues.

People and pets should stay back from creek banks which can be extremely slippery and can be subject to erosion. Be aware that water levels may unexpectedly rise. Boaters should also watch for floating debis flowing into area lakes from tributaries.

Anyone noticing a potential problem or a flooding concern is asked to call the Kelowna Fire Department at 250-469-8801.

For more information on the flooding, go to kelownacapnews.com/tag/BC-flood

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