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Extensive flood damage evident in Similkameen Valley as officials continue to assess damage

Flood warning amended

Water is still high in Similkameen communities after historic flooding that began Sunday night and continued Monday.

The area remains under "flood warning" advisory by the BC River Forecast Centre.

Princeton Mayor Spencer Coyne took to social media Tuesday morning to share that water services are down, and public works is hard at work getting it back up and running. He said he will update the public as soon as they have a better idea of the situation.

"I want to thank the community for everything you are doing from those who have come out to help sandbag to those who are helping neighbours and friends," Coyne said.

"I am proud to say I am from Princeton, our community's strength and resiliency is what makes Princeton the best place to call home. I also want to give a huge thank you to all the First Responders and Emergency Teams working around the clock."

Hundreds of properties are on evacuation order in Princeton due to the Tulameen River overflow.

Thirty-four properties in nearby Tulameen have also been evacuated, and the tiny community has been effectively cut off due to floods. Roads in and out have sustained extensive damage, according to the local fire department.

Throughout the Similkameen Valley, properties remain on evacuation order and others on alert in low lying areas adjacent to the Similkameen River in rural Princeton, Keremeos, and Cawston, including the Riverside and Riverside Estates RV parks.

Properties remain on evacuation order and other on alert in low lying areas adjacent to the Similkameen River in rural Princeton, Keremeos, and Cawston, including the Riverside and Riverside Estates RV parks and part of Chopaka.

A map of affected properties can be found on the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen website here.

Evacuees in Princeton are welcome at 148 Old Hedley Road where an Emergency Support Services centre is stationed.

The Emergency Support Services Centre is also open in Penticton. Call 1-833-498-3770 to register over the phone, or register in person at 2965 South Main Street in Penticton.



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