High water near the mouth of Mission Creek, May 31, 2017, in Kelowna.

Officials assessing flood prevention measures

Okanagan Lake flooding update for Wednesday sees the lake still rising

Lake watch 2017 continues.

Environment Canada reported Okanagan Lake reached 343.15 m at 5:25 a.m. this morning – a four centimetre rise since May 30 at 7 a.m. when the lake level was reported as 343.11 m.

Crews across the Central Okanagan are assessing the condition of flood protection works and evaluating the need for repairs or additional measures after last night’s wind and rain event.

There are a number of evacuation alerts and orders in place across the Central Okanagan. 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.

Residents and visitors are also asked during this state of emergency to stay out of flooded neighbourhoods so that residents and emergency crews can properly do their work. Impacted properties are for local traffic only.

Residents in flooded properties with electrical service still in operation should be alert to the danger and exercise extreme caution.

Parents are also asked to keep children out of dirty shallow water to prevent any health risks posed by standing water.

Emergency officials are asking residents to find wake-free options to enjoy Okanagan Lake in the weeks ahead. Respectful operation of watercraft is urged so that boat wakes do not cause further erosion or flooding of lakeshore properties. Wake is just one of the concerns, as boaters need to be cautious about wood debris floating under the surface of the lake and submerged infrastructure.

Residents are reminded that this is a weather driven event and things will continue to evolve with the weather. Sudden changes in weather could increase the risk of flooding.

While committed to responding to the flood risks, Emergency Operations Centre personnel are also planning for the demobilization and recovery period. Residents are reminded to keep all flood protection measures in place until the EOC issues information on what actions to take to begin the recovery.

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