March 29, 2018 12:07 pm
Updated: March 30, 2018 8:22 pm

Lake Country braces for high water


It was one of the worst hit areas for flooding in the central Okanagan last year. Now the District of Lake Country is bracing for another potential high water season.

“We have been very proactive on emergency preparedness planning as well as mitigation work,” said Public Works Manager Matthew Salmon.

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“District of Lake Country staff continue to work on recovery projects from 2017 flooding as well as assessments, funding applications, infrastructure improvements plus ongoing monitoring and management of the upper watershed, lakes, creeks and snow levels.”

With snowpack levels 150 per cent of normal, the district said improvements to the drainage system are being made and the Beaver Lake and Oyama Lake levels are being drawn down.

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The district said Oyama Creek and Vernon Creek intakes have both been cleaned and repaired and debris will be removed from Middle Vernon Creek as it flows through Lake Country.

Property owners are being reminded they are responsible to protect their property from flooding.

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“The District of Lake Country has a supply of sand bags and access to sand to enable a quick local response even before the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre is activated,” said Salmon.

“Lake Country staff has been meeting with our Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) team members from neighbouring jurisdictions to make sure any EOC activation can be swift and effective.”

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