Flood evacuation orders/alerts dropped
Jul 11, 2012 / 6:13 am
A week of warmer weather and a halt to June's seemingly endless rains mean evacuation alerts that have been in place for weeks in BC's Shuswap region are finally being lifted.
As flooding fears recede, the Regional District of North Okanagan has rescinded evacuation alerts for all of Shuswap River from Sugar Lake to Mara Lake.
The City of Enderby is also dropping its alert for several riverside properties, but officials warn the Shuswap River continues to run high and fast, and extreme caution should be used near the waterway.
In the central-eastern B.C. Village of Valemount, residents of four homes along Swift Creek have been allowed to return to their properties after an evacuation order was removed.
The community, 300 kilometres southeast of Prince George, was hit by flooding caused by rain and spring run-off last month and Swift Creek began rising again last weekend as a heat wave increased snow melt.
There were concerns rising waters could threaten areas of the riverbank weakened during the June flood, but Valemount officials say the level of Swift Creek is dropping, although the situation is still being closely monitored. (CKIZ)
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