August 2, 2017 2:24 pm

OKIB lifts final flooding evacuation order

While the evacuation orders have bee lifted, many homes and cabins are still in need of major repairs after the floods.

Megan Turcato / Global News

The Okanagan Indian Band has lifted its last evacuation order related to this year’s flood.

The band rescinded the order for lots 17 to 25 on Louis Estates Road on Tuesday. It had been in effect for almost two months.

The band’s reserve at the north end of Okanagan Lake was particularly hard hit by flooding. At one point over 200 properties were evacuated.

The flood waters have receded but the cleanup continues.

READ MORE: 220 Okanagan Indian Band properties remain evacuated

“Debris management and sandbag removal is ongoing. Generally the crews are working from the south to the north end along Westside Road. There are over 400,000 sandbags, so it will take some time to complete the work,” said band spokesperson Shaylen Smith in a written statement earlier this week.

“If residents want to remove sandbags from the beach they can pile them at the top of their access roads for pickup by our crews.”

Smith suggests residents also call the emergency operations centre to notify crews their sandbags are ready for pickup.

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