Flooding 2017 News

Guns drawn in Rutland

Jan 1, 2018 / 3:08 pm

Update: 3:00 p.m. RCMP were called to 250 Hollywood Road South just after 1:30 p.m. "We got a call about a possible distraught male and as a result from...

A 102-day emergency

Aug 15, 2017 / 10:11 am

It's been 102 days – and counting. That's how long the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre has been up and running since floods first hit...

Last call for sandbags

Aug 14, 2017 / 11:45 am

It's last call for sandbag removal in the Central Okanagan. The majority of flood response sandbags have been removed from public and private property, and...

Walkway partially reopens

Aug 4, 2017 / 7:50 pm

A portion of the Gellatly walkway in West Kelowna will reopen for the long weekend. The city announced Friday construction is now complete on the portion of the...

Lake falls below full pool

Aug 1, 2017 / 10:34 am

Nearly two months after it crested in early June, Okanagan Lake finally fell below full pool over the weekend. The magic number 342.480 metres above sea level...

Massive dock rebuild awaits

Jul 27, 2017 / 5:16 pm

The province is coming to the aid of Okanagan waterfront property owners who need to repair or replace docks damaged by spring floods. An estimated 1,200 docks...

Sandbag cleanup underway

Jul 27, 2017 / 1:50 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen is releasing a schedule for sandbag cleanup outside of municipalities. The district will be removing sandbags and...

Almost back to normal

Jul 26, 2017 / 5:46 am

Once Okanagan Lake reaches full pool, beaches not already open are scheduled to do so, and normal lake activities will resume. If the current pattern continues,...

Lake nears normal level

Jul 21, 2017 / 7:30 am

Since Okanagan Lake reached historic highs back in early June, the level of the lake has fallen dramatically. It's fallen 61 centimetres since reaching a...

West Kelowna opens parks

Jul 20, 2017 / 6:30 pm

The City of West Kelowna has opened up several parks that have been closed the past few months due to flood concerns. Parks have opened as crews remove sandbags...

Lake continues steady fall

Jul 13, 2017 / 8:00 am

As cleanup efforts continue along the shores of Okanagan Lake, the level of the lake continues its steady fall. The lake receded another 1.5 centimetres over...

Flood review requested

Jul 13, 2017 / 5:00 am

The City of West Kelowna is calling on the provincial government to conduct a flood review following this spring's emergency. At its regular meeting...

Smoke from controlled burn

Jul 12, 2017 / 9:43 pm

Residents along the Ashcroft Reserve should expect to see smoke over the next few days. BC Wildfire Service crews are conducting controlled burnoff operations....

Flood alerts rescinded

Jul 12, 2017 / 2:09 pm

As lake levels lower and flood risks lessen, evacuation alerts for several properties in Lake Country have been rescinded. These include properties from 3210 to...

Barge helps pull flood debris

Jul 12, 2017 / 6:36 am

As the level of Okanagan Lake slowly recedes to normal full pool levels, the removal of flood mitigation materials continues. As BC Wildfire Crews wrap up their...

Time to get on with summer

Jul 11, 2017 / 10:14 am

As Okanagan Lake recedes toward its normal summer level, at least one Kelowna councillor believes it's time to enjoy the lake again. Coun. Brad Sieben told...

Lake drops another 1.9 cm

Jul 11, 2017 / 8:30 am

The level of Okanagan Lake took another significant dip over the past 24 hours. The lake level fell 1.9 centimetres. It now sits at 342.841 metres above sea...

Time to go home...for some

Jul 10, 2017 / 11:36 am

The Okanagan Indian Band has lifted a number of evacuation orders that were put in place weeks ago due to flooding however not everyone can go home yet. The...

Lake levels fall 1.3 cm

Jul 7, 2017 / 7:55 am

The levels of both Okanagan and Kalamalka lakes have fallen 1.3 centimetres over the past 24 hours. As of early Friday morning, the level of Okanagan Lake sat...

The cost of flood protection

Jul 7, 2017 / 5:00 am

The final price tag for what will be three-plus months of battling flood waters in the Central Okanagan will come to tens of millions of dollars. The exact...