More evacuation orders and alerts for the Central Okanagan have been rescinded as of late last night. Saturday's weather forecast is calling for a mainly sunny day with a risk of a thunderstorm late in the afternoon with less than a millimetre of rain expected. The seven day forecast right now is calling for 5-10 millimetres of rain on Monday.
We have been using this home next to the Lakeshore Road bridge to gauge the water levels of Mission Creek and we are visibly seeing the levels drop every day since last Saturday when it was at its peak.
The Central Okanagan Emergency Operations wants to remind people that even though cooler weather and minimal rain overnight kept flood conditions in a holding pattern, allowing a handful of evacuation orders and alerts to be rescinded, unsettled weather for the foreseeable future means all residents near water need to remain alert to sudden changes and be prepared. This is a weather driven event and any changes in rainfall, warm temperatures or wind could cause conditions to change quickly.
All residents, including those no longer on order or alert, are reminded to keep sandbags in place until the flood watch event has fully ended. High water levels are expected to last for an extended period of time.
Over the past few days, Okanagan Lake has risen on average 5 cm per day and continues to rise. Okanagan Lake is currently 10 cm above full pool. Residents with dwellings along waterways, lakes and beach edges are instructed to not remove the debris along their property, as it can act as a barricade against rising waters and minimize erosion.
Boaters are reminded that lake levels are high with a significant amount of floating debris. Boaters should keep their distance from shorelines, as additional waves could cause disturbance to banks and beaches.
All residents are asked to be cautious as the Central Okanagan is not out of the woods yet and the message to “stay prepared” remains as important as ever. Get tips at www.getprepared.ca.
The Evacuation Alert for 439 residents in the Scotty Creek subdivision in the Ellison area of the Regional District has been rescinded.
Residents no longer on order or alert are reminded to keep sandbags in place until the flood watch event has ended, and to be prepared for the situation to change quickly as conditions and weather patterns unfold.
The 439 properties in the Scotty Creek Subdivision no longer on Evacuation Alert include the following:
4700 to 4900 Bulman Road
3235 Lakha Road
3231 through 3811 on Old Vernon Road
4500 Block to 5100 Block on Scotty Creek Road
3340 Scotty Creek Road
The Evacuation Order is also rescinded for following homes in Kelowna:
3897 Casorso Road
1237 Pacific Avenue
2002 Ethel Street
1118 Brookside Avenue
1902 Lindahl Street
Earlier Friday, Evacuation orders were also rescinded for two Marshall Street addresses in Kelowna.
1824 Marshall Street
1826 Marshall Street
1966 Richter Street
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