Evacuation alert issued for Lake Country complex

Ground water in Emerald Point parkade may affect electrical transformers

A new evacuation alert has been issued for the Emerald Point apartment building at 3550 Woodsdale Road in Lake Country due to ground water in the parkade that may impact electrical transformers.

An alert means that occupants should be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice and possibly be out for an extended time should it become necessary to issue an evacuation order.

Residents can prepare by:

*locating all family members or co-workers and designate a meeting place outside the evacuation area, should an evacuation be called while separated;

*gathering essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (i.e. insurance) and immediate care needs for dependents and having these items readily available for quick departure; preparing to move any disabled persons and/or children;

*moving pets and livestock to a safe area;

*arranging accommodation for your family if possible.

Residents and visitors are reminded to stay off flood protection measures in place. Jumping or walking on gabions or water dams is a public safety concern and could damage or undermine the device causing ruptures and significant water flows.

All previous evacuation alerts and orders remain in effect and residents should be prepared to leave their homes with little notice if the threat to public safety rises from flooding.

Check out the map at www.cordemergency.ca/map and search by address to determine if an area is under alert or order, or to find the closest sand and sandbag locations.

For municipal information such as boat launch, park and beach closures, and water quality advisories, visit their websites:

City of Kelowna

City of West Kelowna

District of Lake Country

District of Peachland

Regional District of Central Okanagan

Westbank First Nation

For more information, visit www.cordemergency.ca, sign up for e-updates or call the information line at 250-469-8490.