Account Login/Registration

Access KelownaNow using your Facebook account, or by entering your information below.


Facebook


OR


Register

Privacy Policy

Okanagan facing extreme flooding risk warn local officials

The Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) is sounding the alarm on local flooding issues.

Officials have sent a letter to the provincial government outlining their concern over the management of Okanagan Lake's water levels.

“We’re very concerned about the current lake level management and the risks of extreme flooding in the future,” explained OBWB executive director Anna Warwick Sears.

“This is a serious problem we are facing. This is not hype.”

The existing plan for controlling the Okanagan Lake level was put in place in the 1970s and, in the face of climate change, needs updating.

<who> Photo Credit: Contributed.

Recent years have seen extreme flooding in the Okanagan and updated flood mapping for the valley has signalled that the way the lake is managed needs to change.

“There is an urgent need to have this review,” the letter states.

“The technical report for this effort found that as a result of climate change, floods will ‘exceed the capacity of existing infrastructure if operational rules are not adjusted.’”

It also asks that Kalamalka Lake be included in the review because it, too, has flooding problems.

The correspondence is backed up by letters of support from municipal governments across the Okanagan Valley.



Support local journalism by clicking here to make a one-time contribution or by subscribing for a small monthly fee. We appreciate your consideration and any contribution you can provide.


Visit our Facebook page to comment on this story.

Sign up for local eNews delivered to your inbox by 7 am every day.

Send your comments, news tips, letter to the editor, photos and videos to news@kelownanow.com.

To report a typo, send an email to news@kelownanow.com.



Weather


Tue
14℃


Wed
17℃


Thu
21℃


Fri
22℃


Sat
22℃


Sun
21℃

Top Stories

Follow Us

Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook Follow us on Linkedin Follow us on Youtube Listen on Soundcloud Follow Our RSS
Privacy Policy