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Flood review requested

The City of West Kelowna is calling on the provincial government to conduct a flood review following this spring's emergency.

At its regular meeting Tuesday, council unanimously agreed to ask the province to review all possible factors leading to the flooding and mitigation efforts.

Council asked the review look at eight specific areas, including:

  • the timing of the spring freshet in relation to the release of water from the Okanagan Lake system at various dams
  • the need for additional data collection stations related to weather, snowpack and streamflow
  • climate change impacts and freshet management
  • fishery needs
  • flood plain building
  • upland logging impacts
  • the banning of power boats during times of declared state of emergency
  • the capacity of municipalities and first nations to respond to emergencies.

Politicians and residents alike up and down the valley have also called for a review of how Okanagan Lake levels were handled this spring.

However, the man at the controls of the dam in Penticton stated more than a month ago that review was going to happen regardless.

“After any extreme event, be it wildfire, be it a flood year or drought year, when all is said and done, we go back and we look and go over our decisions,” said Shaun Reimer, public safety and protection section head with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

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