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Flood threat no more

West Kelowna's state of local emergency has been rescinded due to a reduction in the threat of flooding.

As of Monday morning, Okanagan Lake is at 342.58 meters. The Emergency Operations Centre has demobilized most of its flood protection measures, though some will remain in place until the lake drops closer to the full pool level of 342.48 meters.

CORD also advises residents should start demobilizing flood protection measures installed on their private property.

Sandbags can be returned at authorized locations, which can be viewed at www.cordemergency.ca/map.

Sandbags will be accepted until the end of June 28.

"Under no circumstances should sandbags be emptied into creeks, lakes, wetland, beaches or other watercourses as outlined in the Water Sustainability Act. The impact can destroy fish habitat and affect drinking water supply, infrastructure, flood control, navigation and recreational activities. It is also illegal," The EOC said.

Boaters are encouraged to keep their distance from the shoreline and keep speeds down to reduce potential shoreline erosion by wakes and waves as Okanagan Lake remains above full pool.

For more information, click here.



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Country concert for floods

The B.C. Country Music Association is putting together a concert in support of flood relief in Grand Forks, which will take place in Kelowna.

On June 21, for a minimum $15 donation, concert-goers can check out the lineup at the OK Corral and support flood victims.

"We did the fire relief fundraiser last year for the folks in Boston Bar," said B.C. Country Music Association president Linda Corscadden. "We wanted to help again."

All proceeds from the event will be going toward Grand Forks flood cleanup efforts.The artists have agreed to perform for free to support this movement.

"They are fantastic artists. The talent that is coming out of B.C. right now is fantastic, and I'm happy that these artists stepped up to perform for free in support of this," Corscadden said. 

The lineup includes Aaron Halliday, Son of John, The Hillside Outlaws, Beamer Wigley and Michael Daniels. 

Silent auction donations are also welcome, which can be coordinated with local organizer Aaron Halliday at 250 212 9356.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. June 21. 



Forest fire contained

UPDATE: 9:40 p.m.

Castanet readers sending in tips indicate the smoke has receded.

The fire appears to be contained.


ORIGINAL: 6:40 p.m.

Castanet has received multiple tips from readers that indicate a fire has started in the forest above West Kelowna.

Reports indicate a brush and grass fire has begun in the Smith Creek area, just north of Coventry Crescent. Several fire engines are alleged to have been deployed.

Castanet has not been able to reach West Kelowna fire crews as of yet, but will update as more information becomes available. 

Any readers with information can reach a Castanet reporter at 778-531-5443.



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More mystery sludge

A West Kelowna resident had a rude surprise Saturday morning when she awoke to find her vehicle splattered with a grey-white sludge of some sort.

Jenny, who asked her last name not be used, said the goop is all over her car and part of her driveway and she had no idea what it is, or how it got there.

“It's pretty gross,” said Jenny who lives on Keloka Drive in Rose Valley. “We went out at six this morning and the entire passenger side of the vehicle was covered in this very strange sludge.”

Jenny said there was no sludge on the roof of her home, just on her vehicle and part of the driveway.

None of her neighbours reported a similar event.

Jenny said the slimed vehicle is closest to the house so if it was a person who poured something on their vehicle they would have walked past two other cars to do so.

“I have no idea what it is. It's very bizarre,” she said. “Maybe it is birds, but it certainly does not appear to be.”

The incident is the latest in a spate of occurrences where something is falling from the skies and landing on cars and people down below.

Earlier this week, Transport Canada said the sludge that fell on two Kelowna residents in May was not from a passing airplane.



Evacuation alert rescinded

An evacuation alert for a single property on Westside Road has been rescinded.

The alert was rescinded Friday morning by the Emergency Operations Centre.

It was put in place May 5 after a portion of Westside Road in the Killiney Beach area collapsed.

In the meantime, the EOC continues to demobilize most of the flood protection measures put in place over the past several weeks, however, some will remain in place until Okanagan Lake drops closer to full pool.

The lake is presently 13 centimetres above full pool.

Residents who have flood mitigation measures in place can now consider removing those.

Sandbags can be returned to authorized locations until the end of day Thursday, June 28.

Click here for a list of drop-off locations.

While the flood threat continues to diminish, States of Local Emergency do remain in effect in West Kelowna, Kelowna and the Regional District of Central Okanagan.



Fender bender slows traffic

You might want to leave a little extra time for your commute from Kelowna to the Westside.

A three vehicle fender bender has slowed traffic out of Kelowna onto the William R. Bennett Bridge.

Listeners to Okanagan Oldies 103.9 says the collision occurred in the left lane between Boucherie and Hudson roads.  



Sailboat owner sought

The City of West Kelowna is looking for the owner of a sailboat that slammed into the shore Monday.

The boat apparently came loose from its moorings during Monday's windstorm and rammed into a motor boat on the Westbank First Nation beach lots north of the William R. Bennett Bridge and across from the Grand.

Both boats suffered significant damage according to residents in the area.

If you own the boat, or know the owner, the city would like to hear from you.

You can contact the City of West Kelowna's bylaw department at 778-797-8810.



Revised Boucherie detour

The detour route around construction on Boucherie Road in West Kelowna is changing slightly.

The change, which is expected to last about a month, will take effect Monday, June 18 to allow for construction of a roundabout and watermain installation at Boucherie and Hudson roads.

The new, modified detour, will take northbound traffic along Hayman Road while southbound traffic will continue to use Boucherie Road to access the detour route.

Grizzli Winery will be accessible from Hudson Road only. All other businesses, wineries and amenities can be accessed using the detour.

Motorists are asked to follow the detour route, and avoid travelling through adjacent neighbourhoods.

Officials say the $8.75 million upgrade is moving a,long on time, and on budget.

The project is expected to be complete in November.

 



Walking to Cure diabetes

The Okanagan fights type 1 diabetes and this year the Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes benefiting JDRF raised almost $90,000.

The money will be used to fund life-changing T1D research through Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and JDRF’s Canadian Clinical Trial Network.

“We are consistently, steadily making progress in pursuit of a cure for type one diabetes. We are fundraising so that we can continue to push these advances forward,” says Shannon Jolley, Manager of Fundraising and Development, JDRF Okanagan and Kootenays. “Thanks to events such as the Sun Life Walk, JDRF is currently funding more than 50 human clinical trials, several of which are in the advanced stages of clinical testing.”



Tallest building scaled back

At 10 storeys, it was going to be West Kelowna's largest building.

Now, a development planned for Olalla Road in Lakeview Heights has been scaled back to six storeys.

Council initially gave tepid approval for the 10-storey tower in February, however, planner Darin Schaal told council this week the developer held a second public consultation after that approval was given.

He said there was significant public feedback about the density bonus provision of the project, which was the additional height.

After further refining the development concept and financial analysis, Schaal said it was determined the density bonus was not achievable given the proposed land exchange and associated cost.

"The density bonus, the 10-storey component, has been removed," he told council.

"The proposal now has a maximum height of six storeys. The developer had aspirations of something bigger but, unfortunately, this is where they have landed."

Council had some initial concerns about the height of the project when it was originally approved in February.

While 10 storeys was was not an issue for the city in general, there were questions as to whether the city's first highrise should be built in Lakeview Heights.



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