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Lake doesn't give way

The Central Okanagan took a pounding from a storm that blew through the region Tuesday night.

But, for the most part, emergency measures put in place to keep lake waters at bay, held up.

"Not bad, all things considered," said Tom Wilson, information officer with the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre.

"Some trees are down here and there, and crews are out there looking at those."

Wilson says the danger in low lying areas was the wind that accompanied the storm.

He says the wind pushed the water in one direction, and with the wave action on top of that, the surge pushed the water higher than some of the protective measures in the lower lying areas.

That was most prominent in areas like Manhattan Point and along Mission Creek.

Okanagan Lake did rise again over the past 24 hours. It rose another 4.5 centimetres to 342.95 metres. The lake is just five cm from its highest recorded level in 1948.

In the aftermath of the storm, emergency crews are out clearing windfall from streams, inspecting and assessing flood protection measures and infrastructure to determine priorities for further action.

With the break in the weather, residents are advised to take the opportunity to inspect and fortify their own flood protection measures.

High water levels are now expected to remain well into July.



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