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Officials hopeful over Shuswap River flooding
There is cautious optimism about conditions along the Shuswap River.
North Okanagan Emergency Management believes the potential for flooding has lessened although an evacuation alert remains for those living along the river from Sugar to Mara lakes.
“Things are looking promising,” said Gord Molendyk, emergency operations centre spokesperson.
As of Thursday, the river was deemed to still be at the flood watch stage.
“Levels went down three centimetres Wednesday and it’s expected to keep going down over the weekend,” said Molendyk.
“There is still the possibility of snow melt but there’s not a lot left in the Sugar Lake/Shuswap River system.”
The initial disaster financial assistance application for the region has now been processed and forwarded to the provincial government for its approval.
“Local residents in the affected areas will be advised if and when it has been approved,” said Molendyk.
Residents doing flood-related repairs are urged to save receipts and document the work with photographs.