State of local emergency declared for portions of Kelowna has been rescinded

State of emergency ended

The Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre has rescinded the state of local emergency declared in the city two weeks ago.

The state of emergency, declared due to localized flooding along Mission Creek, Scotty Creek and portions of Mill Creek, expired at 12:01 a.m. this morning.

While the state of local emergency has ended, emergency officials say they will continue to monitor weather conditions and advise if any further actions are needed.

Mountain snow packs have melted over the past few weeks and creek levels have dropped, however, extreme rain events could cause creeks to swell yet again.

"As of this morning, Okanagan Lake is at 342.62 metres above sea level, or 14 cm above full pool. Other lakes such as Ellison (Duck) and Kalamalka also remain above full pool," EOC officials say.

"With the long weekend approaching, boaters are also encouraged to keep their distance from the shoreline and keep speeds low to reduce potential shoreline erosion by wakes and waves.

"Until water levels recede, residents are asked to leave debris that's washed up along the waterfront in place to protect against erosion."

Residents in areas typically affected by flooding are asked to keep any sandbags or other mitigation materials in place until the threat of flooding passes.

If you are removing sandbags, you are reminded it is illegal to empty them into creeks, lakes, streams or onto beaches.

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