June 17, 2017 3:11 pm

Sandbags start to come down in the Okanagan

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While flood protection measures should remain in place on the foreshore, many other properties in the central Okanagan are no longer at risk of flooding.

Okanagan Lake is now 343.202 metres above sea level, a five milimetre decrease from Friday morning.

Local governments are now planning for the removal of sandbags on public and private properties no longer at risk.

There will be no cost to residents.

Sandbags will be removed from public property first, and the removal of sandbags from private properties should begin next week.

The Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre says sandbags that have not been in contact with water for at least two weeks may be removed from areas including:

  • Mill Creek – upstream of Pandosy Street
  • Brandts Creek – upstream of Richter Street
  • Fascieux Creek – upstream of Gordon Drive
  • Scotty Creek – all areas
  • Middle Vernon Creek – upstream of Woodsdale Road

Residents who wish to begin removing sandbags themselves must not empty them on beaches or into creeks.

The impact can destroy fish habitat and affect drinking water, infrastructure, and flood control measures.

Sandbags can be droped off at the following locations:

Kelowna

  • Cook Road Boat Launch outside the Hotel Eldorado – Mission
  • Burtch Road – Apple Bowl Parking Lot

District of Lake Country

  • Woodsdale Road – Beasley Park Parking Lot

There are approximately 1.7 million sandbags in the Central Okanagan Regional District, and disposing of them properly will take time to complete.

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