Jun 20, 2012 / 1:21 pm
Residents living near the Shuswap Lake are being warned about imminent flooding.
Environment Canada is advising that the Shuswap area will be experiencing temperature fluctuations over the next week. Wednesday's temperatures are expected to reach the high 20s and Friday is forecasting to be even warmer. This will result in an increased snowpack melt.
Next week Environment Canada is anticipating heavy rain and thunderstorms, with the 'bullseye' of precipitation targeted for the Okangan area.
The Shuswap Emergency Program is warning with the forecasted precipitation and high temperatures the lake could rise at least 20 cm to 60 cm.
Boaters are cautioned to be conscious of the height of the wake caused by their boat. Boats travelling at high speed and close to shore can cause waves that increase water level as much as two feet resulting in increased flooding and damage to affected residents.
Sandbags and sand is available. To find out where to acquire sand and bags visit the Shuswap Emergency Program Advisory at www.sepadvisory.ca.
For further information, please contact the Shuswap Emergency Program at 250-833- 3350.
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