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Flood 2017: A visual timeline

As the calendar rolls into June, it seems like flooding has been the hot topic in Kelowna forever.

But the journey actually began on Thursday night, May 4th, 2017 with the big storm.

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The May 4th storm brought with it so much rain that Mill Creek spilled its banks and flooded homes and businesses that were near the creek throughout Kelowna .

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<who> Photo Credit: Dylan Tryre - Parkinson Recreation area at 10:00 am on May 6, 2017

<who> Photo Credit: Jen Grunert - Adams Road flooding

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Click here for more photos and video from our first aerial tour after Mill Creek spilled its banks and flooded businesses and homes in Kelowna.

For more photos and video from our first aerial tour after Mill Creek spilled its banks and flooded businesses and homes in Kelowna

Readers sent us in so many photos and we shared them here.

The City of Kelowna, City of West Kelowna and the Fintry Delta in the Regional District of Central Okanagan declared a state of emergency on Saturday, May 6th, 2017 due to flooding from various creeks spilling their banks in the Central Okanagan.

Flooding throughout the Central Okanagan resulted in a number of Evacuation Alerts, Orders and road closures.

<who> Photo Credit: KelownaNow </who> Shadow Ridge Golf Course.

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The Community bands together:

For some residents, the storm that struck at the beginning of May was a great opportunity to witness crazy weather and take some pictures. For others, such as those residing close to Mill Creek, it was a nightmare that has and continues to cause immense damage to their properties.

Click here for the full story showing how Kelowna's strong community spirit shined bright in a time of need.

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Local businesses hit hard:

Kelowna Springs and Shadow Ridge were flooded when Mill Creek overflowed its banks. Scandia Golf and Games were also hit hard by the flooding.

Luckily, all businesses are now open and running as usual. Click here for the full story on the effect of the flood on local business.

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Photo Credit: Contributed

Scandia Golf & Games was hit hard by this week's flooding.

Photo Credit: Contributed.

Photo Credit: Contributed

Mayor Prepares Kelowna for "the storm":

On May 11th, Mayor Colin Barsan asked residents to prepare for a one in 200-year event.

Luckily, the predicted storm never fully materialized, but it did provide some crazy weather!

Okanagan Lake begins to rise:

As the winter's snowpack continues to melt at high elevation areas surrounding the Okanagan, water runoff is having a dramatic effect on lake levels.

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To capture a first-hand look at how much snow is left in the mountains, the KelownaNow team took to the sky with Ikon Adventures last evening to capture some photos of the snowpack that feeds into the Okanagan Water Basin.

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<who> Photo Credit: KelownaNow.

<who> Photo credit: KelownaNow

For over 180 photos of our second helicopter tour click here.

As of today Okanagan Lake is at 343.20 metres. Click here to read our ongoing coverage story.



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