Flooding a concern in southern BC
The flood watch continues as the temperatures in the Okanagan are forecast to warm up into the weekend, a factor that will speed up snow melt in the mountains.
Assessments continue in areas of concern while flood mitigation work is ongoing in other areas, according to the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) which issued an update late Friday.
West of Summerland
A rock slide near Faulder has created a dam on the creek which could threaten Summerland’s drinking water.
The Interior Health Authority is assessing the situation.
Forest ministry crews are monitoring Osoyoos Lake for freshet inflows.
The RDOS said 148 properties remain on evacuation alert.
A local state of emergency continues for properties around Sportsmens Bowl Road.
Forestry crews continued sandbagging and placing barriers to redirect floodwater.
Traffic control on Highway 97 in the affected area can be expected this weekend when Tiger Dams arrive.
Northwest of Oliver
In Willowbrook, the community remains under a local state of emergency.
The RDOS said the situation in Willowbrook is stabilizing as dam draw downs at Kearns Creek and at a nearby unauthorized private dam continue under the Ministry of Forest Lands Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD) supervision.
The ministry is also monitoring the Park Rill Dam where emergency draw down will begin Saturday.
The RDOS said the ministry has also assessed all dams in the Park Rill and Kearns Creek area to ensure balanced draw downs.
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South of Oliver
The RDOS is assessing options because groundwater levels are high and creek flows are rising at Roads 6, 7 and 9.
South of Okanagan Falls
Green Lake flooding remains stable and draw down pumping has been extended. Seventeen properties near Green Lake remain on evacuation alert.
Updated information can be found on the RDOS website as well as locations of sandbag and sand availability in the region.
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