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Evacuee: 'It's a mess'

As the flood outlook has quickly deteriorated in an OK Falls neighbourhood, a total of 54 properties have now been issued evacuation orders.

The Regional District Okanagan Similkameen put out the notice at 11 a.m., and said RCMP, local firefighters and other agencies will expediting the evacuation.

The RDOS said personnel are beginning work immediately to return Shuttleworth Creek to its banks and to conduct "additional and strategic armouring.

"Once this immediate work is complete and assessments made, residents will be allowed back to their properties and homes," the RDOS said.

A list of properties being evacuated can be found here.

Those affected are asked to check in at Emergency Social Services, set up at the Penticton Community Centre.


ORIGINAL: 10:40 a.m.

Residents in a neighbourhood of OK Falls have been sandbagging around the clock to mitigate floodwaters since Wednesday afternoon, but so far it isn't enough.

Water from Shuttleworth Creek began to flood 14th Avenue near Maple Street at about 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

Castanet's Chelsea Powrie said several properties now have streams going through them, adding some backyards have been washed out and water is flowing between the slats of some people's front doorsteps.

Residents said the situation improved on Wednesday afternoon after a break further upstream in Shuttleworth Creek was fixed. However, they said at about 10 p.m., the flooding became "dramatically worse."

Sandbagging efforts were going on through the night, with some neighbours sandbagging until 4 a.m.

Members of the RCMP and Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen were on scene on Thursday morning, and a flatbed full of sandbags arrived just before 10 a.m.

Castanet has reached out to the RDOS for more information.

- with files from Chelsea Powrie



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