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Sandbags ready for pick up

In anticipation of what could be a busy flooding season, the City of West Kelowna is making sand and sandbags available at a number of locations around the community.

Property owners wanting to begin the process of protecting the homes from the potential of flooding can pick up sandbags and sand at six locations, including:

  • Kinsmen Works Yard – 3170 Shannon Lake Road
  • Across the street from the Glenrosa Fire Station on Gates Road
  • Across the street from the Rose Valley Fire Station on Westlake Road
  • 4081 Hitchner Road – road end
  • Kinsmen Works Yard driveway
  • West Kelowna Yacht Club – 4111 Gellatly Road

The latest readings released by the River Forecast Centre on Monday show mountains in the Okanagan with a snowpack of 152 per cent above normal.

Officials with the centre says anything greater than 135 per cent above normal puts lower levels at a higher risk of flooding.

West Kelowna has already closed Rotary Trails Park to begin the process of staging supplies in that area and other locations in the city as a precautionary measure as the city braces for possible flooding.

Residents are asked to contact the city's planning department at 778-797-8830 before doing any work in waterways or around sensitive aquatic areas.

Click here for tips on constructing a sandbag wall.

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