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Okanagan River warning

Government officials are warning people to exercise caution around Okanagan River due to high water levels.

Visitors and residents are reminded that the Okanagan River's fast-flowing current requires heightened safety awareness during the spring snowmelt.

Adults are urged to keep children and pets under close supervision at all times when near the banks of the river.

If going into the river, take precautionary safety measures such as using a safe watercraft and wearing a life jacket.

This year's snowpack melt is expected to cause higher runoff into Okanagan River from Okanagan Lake for the next several weeks.

Flows in Okanagan River between Okanagan Lake and Osoyoos Lake are currently above normal and are expected to remain high throughout the spring and early summer.

24-year-old Andrew Gangl of Edmonton died in the Okanagan River near OK Falls two weeks ago.
 

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