Authorities bracing for higher water levels along the Shuswap River

Residents with health issues encouraged to leave the area to avoid flooding

With the heavy rains over the past weekend in the region, residents along the Shuswap River are watching and waiting for the rise in water levels along the whole system.

Lighter showers are forecast  for the remainder of the week.

 

“The Shuswap River is running at capacity right now and the River Forecast Centre is estimating the river could continue to rise another 10 centimeters over the next few days as the rain water from the weekend reaches the system,” said Gord Molendyk, with the North Okanagan emergency operations centre, Monday morning.

 

The EOC, the Regional District of North Okanagan and local municipalities are asking property owners to check their sandbags already in place and reinforce dikes if necessary for the anticipated  rise in levels.

“We are asking anyone who might have mobility restrictions or significant health issues and the water levels are close to your home to consider relocating to family or friends out of the immediate flood risk area at this time,” said Molendyk.

 

“Our crews are continuing to monitor the water levels in the area and will advise you if there are any changes in conditions  that will affect homes and property in the area.”

More sandbags have been sent out to all our locations in the regional districts and municipalities for anyone requiring a new supply.