High flows in creeks are contributing to localized flooding issues affecting several properties and farms in the area. - IMAGE CREDIT: Tara Bowie

Properties at risk in Olalla, Cawston area

Creek side properties in Olalla are in danger as the water continues to rise.

  • May. 24, 2017 4:50 p.m.


One of the evacuated residents named Susan said, as she was picking things up from her her home, “It’s nerve wracking. This is a 55 plus park, you know. Quite a few of us are disabled. We don’t know what is going to happen to our homes. It’s nerve wracking. We’re sitting here thinking where do you go?”

She’s headed to a local guest suite at a winery while others are headed to a local hotel and some to stay with family.

More to come.



Sandbagging is going on in Olalla as the creek continues to rise.

The Review is headed out to the area and will provide an update from the scene shortly.

It’s been reported by the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen that significant flooding has affected residents along First Street and several creek side properties.

Sands and sandbags are being delivered to 2644 7th Street Olalla.

A dike assessment was underway yesterday in the Cawston area. The results of that assessment have not yet been made public.

High flows in creeks are contributing to localized flooding issues affecting several properties and farms in the area.

If you’re affected the Review wants to hear from you. Send us a message through the Keremeos Review Facebook page anytime.

At this point no properties have been affected in Keremeos.

Flooding is going on throughout the region including:

Electoral Area ‘A’ – (Rural Osoyoos)

Osoyoos Lake – is expected to rise significantly over the next few days. The Town of Osoyoos has

issued an information bulletin asking residents to monitor properties and sand bag as a

precautionary measure.

Electoral Area ‘C’ – (Rural Oliver)

Evacuation Alerts are still in effect for properties adjacent to Tin Horn, Hester and Testalinden

Creeks. Abnormally high waters are continuing to affect many properties and farms in the area.

Electoral Area ‘D’ – (East and west side Skaha Lake, Kaleden, Twin Lakes, Okanagan Falls)

Twin Lakes – An Evacuation Alert continues as lake levels threaten residential structures

Electoral Area ‘E’ (Naramata, Glenfir, Indian Rock)

Naramata – Crews are on-site sandbagging and laying tiger dams to protect infrastructure.

The KVR Trail – Along either side of Chute Lake Rd. the KVR trail bed is compromised and users are

cautioned to avoid those areas.

Glenfir Road – Road open. A temporary bridge has been installed. Road repairs will take place

once waters recede.

Chute Lake Road – Road closed, barricades will remain in place for the near future.

Electoral Area ‘F’ (West Bench, Sage Mesa, Faulder, rural Summerland)

Faulder – localized flooding continues along Fish Lake Rd.

Electoral Area ‘H’ – (Rural Princeton, Similkameen, Tulameen, Osprey Lakes, Missezula)

Princeton to Summerland Rd – Flood compromised properties along the Princeton to Summerland

Rd. remain under observation for additional flooding related issues.

Similkameen River flows are predicted to continue to rise over the next few days as temperatures

rise and snowmelt continues.

For more information, go to: www.rdos.bc.ca, and on Facebook:


Emergency Operations Centre: 250-492-0237 or Toll Free at 1-877-610-3737

For after-hours emergencies, please call the Provincial Emergency Program at 1-800-663-3456.

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