The BC River Forecast Centre advises that the high streamflow advisory has now ended.
It was issued last Thursday for watersheds in the Central and North Okanagan but has now been lifted in all of the following areas.
- Okanagan (including Mission Creek and other small watersheds in the area).
- Thompson Region (Shuswap River tributaries, and other small watersheds in the Kamloops, Merritt, Salmon Arm and Sicamous area, except the Salmon River).
- Boundary (including the West Kettle and Kettle River).
- Similkameen River and tributaries.
The only exception is the Salmon River near Falkland the BC River Forecast Centre is maintaining a High Streamflow Advisory.
This advisory lift also includes the Lumby area, which had been preparing for the worst as water levels continued to rise in early May.
Ron Baker, community protective services manager with the Regional District of North Okanagan says the Lumby area has now seen water levels drop a couple inches and is breathing a sigh of relief.
Even though the advisory has ended, until the spring snowmelt and runoff is complete, the Regional District of Central Okanagan Emergency Program encourages all property owners adjacent to and in low lying areas of Mission Creek and other Central Okanagan water bodies to take appropriate measures to protect their property and to make an emergency plan in the event any possible flooding occurs due to weather conditions.
A warning reiterated by the North Okanagan Emergency Management team who is also asking residents to take precautions and be ready.
Officials will continue to monitor weather patterns and water levels of local creeks, streams and lakes.
Information and pamphlets on flood preparedness including a recommended method for sandbag diking are available from the Regional District of Central Okanagan office (1450 KLO Road) and the main City of Kelowna fire hall on Enterprise Way as well as on the Regional Emergency Operation Centre website, the North Okanagan Emergency Management website, and the Emergency Management BC website.
Anyone noticing a potential problem or flooding concern in the Central Okanagan is asked to call the Regional Fire Dispatch at: 250-469-8577.
In the North Okanagan you are asked to call the Provincial Emergency Coordination Centre at 1-800-663-3456.
Sandbags are available at local fire halls for any property owner facing imminent danger from flooding.
The District of West Kelowna has deposited sand and sandbags for its property owners in three locations: Casa Loma Beach (2606 Casa Loma Road), Pebble Beach Park (adjacent to 2583 Whitworth Road) and Falcon Park (between 1343 and 1339 Green Bay Road).
A list of North Okanagan locations can be found here.
At this time of year, Okanagan residents are asked to use caution around all local water bodies.
People are reminded that water levels may rise unexpectedly and they and their pets should stay safely back from creek banks, which may be slippery or subject to erosion from the spring runoff.
Lake boaters are also advised to be on the lookout for floating debris carried into the lakes from rising and faster flowing tributaries.