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Stay off of flood barriers

With flood prevention infrastructure being installed all over the South Okanagan-Similkameen, the Regional District is reminding residents to steer clear and exercise caution along waterways. 

Gabion baskets, tiger dams and sandbags should not be walked on, stood on or tampered with. Their contents could have shifted due to wave action, and become hazardous.

All sandbags and related infrastructure must stay in place until local authorities dictate otherwise.

The RDOS advises that the flood threats may not be over for some time, and weather uncertainty, groundwater levels and creek and lake levels are still fluctuating.

People are also cautioned to be careful on local lakes and waterways, and be mindful of the wakes their watercrafts create, as these can further stress sandbagged shorelines. 

Rivers are faster than usual, and hidden debris floating beneath the water can be hazardous to boaters as well. 

Overall, the RDOS is asking people to just be careful as this year's flood season reaches a peak.



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