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RDNO Pushes Residents to Take Action on Flood Preparedness

Posted Friday, May 11, 2018

Although water levels are decreasing after the heavy rains from yesterday, the Regional District of North Okanagan encourages residents living near creeks, streams and in low valleys to prepare their homes immediately and have planned emergency routes to leave the area if necessary.

Temperatures are expected to reach the high twenties in the next couple days, and more rain is expected this evening. Emphasis on the need for residents to take precautionary measures of flood prevention and property protection strategies has substantially increased.

“There are many cases of localized flooding happening throughout the region, and we expect the water to only get higher within the next 24 hours”, stated Alastair Crick, Protective Services Manager at RDNO. “We should no longer be waiting to take action. Residents living in the valleys, or near creeks and streams need to take responsibility for protective measures on their homes. PreparedBC and the Province of British Columbia offer educational tools on flood preparedness, and we highly recommend residents educate themselves.”

Sand and sand bags are available at the following locations for any resident in the Regional District of North Okanagan electoral areas who require them to protect their property from high water swelling. All aspects of the sandbagging process are the responsibility of the homeowner, and these materials have been provided strictly for flood protection purposes.

  • City of Enderby & Electoral Area F - Public Works yard located at 2308 McGowan Avenue
  • Electoral Areas B & C - At the North side parking lot of BX Swan Lake Fire Department located at 5764 Silver Star Road/East Dedecker Road
  • Village of Lumby & Electoral Areas D and E – Across from the arena on Shields Avenue

The Regional District of North Okanagan advises any person working near creeks, streams and rivers to use extreme caution and safety measures. Fast moving water may cause erosion and bank instability.

Residents can receive instant updates on flooding conditions by subscribing to the RDNO email list at www.rdno.ca/subscribe.

For more information on flood preparedness, please visit www.gov.bc.ca, or email us at [email protected]