A special weather statement continues for the South, Central and North Okanagan.
Warm weather could be felt across the valley on Tuesday with temperatures reaching nearly 30 C near Osoyoos; however a cool front is expected to move in.
The day’s warm spell unfortunately will accelerate snow melt causing the already high rivers and lakes to rise even more.
Tuesday night strong winds are expected, gusting between 50 to 70 kilometres an hour. A cold font is anticipated across the province on Wednesday that could bring 5 to 10 millimetres of rain to the Interior, as well as a risk of a thunderstorm.
Waterfront property owners who haven’t taken measures to protect their structures and properties including the removal of boats from boatlifts should take measures now to minimize the impact of flooding and damage to private property.
A risk of falling trees within saturated ground conditions near lakes and creeks is also veyr high high. That risk can be increased by the high winds expected this evening.
The BC River Forecast Centre issues stream flow advisories and warnings when necessary to provide alerts to potential flood conditions in the stream systems of the province.
To check whether a property needs flood protection, go to the Flood FAQs section of www.cordemergency.ca/beprepared, to get directions on how to measure for flood levels and build barriers to the appropriate height to account for both lake level flooding and wave action.
Sandbagging stations are stocked and replenished daily at several locations throughout the Central Okanagan. Volunteers are still welcome at sand piles to help with filling and loading sandbags. Visit www.cordemergency.ca/map to find the location closest to you.
Find information on flood preparation, including sand and sandbag locations, how to effectively build sandbag walls and secure docks at www.cordemergency.ca/beprepared/flood-faq.
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