Lake 'normal' by August

The man in charge of the dam in Penticton sticks by his original timeline for a return to normal levels on Okanagan Lake.

In mid-June, public safety and protection manager Shaun Reimer said in a best-case scenario, the lake was expected to drop to its usual full pool by Aug. 4. 

He isn't moving off that, despite suggestions at a Wednesday press conference of a time line between July 23 and 28.

Full pool is 342.48 metres above sea level. As of Thursday morning, the lake level was 342.927 metres.

"No one asked me about that before they held the press conference, so I'm not sure where they are getting that number, that July 28 number," he said. "To me, it feels a little optimistic. I would think Aug. 4 is a little closer."

The lake is nearly 45 centimetres above full pool, and Reimer says on average, it's going own about 1.5 cm a day.

"If that remains consistent, it would be that Aug. 4 or 5 time frame," he said.

However, he said it's all weather dependent, meaning there could be a one week window on ether side.

Reimer, who has intake charts dating back to the early 1920s, says more than 900 million cubic metres of water have flowed into Okanagan Lake.

To put that into context, Reimer says more water entered Okanagan Lake during the first three weeks of the flood emergency than in the entire drought years of 1929, 1930 and 1931 combined.

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