Evacuation notice lifted for Shuswap River

The Regional District of the North Okanagan has rescinded the evacuation alert for the Shuswap River from Sugar to Mara lakes.

Residents along the Shuswap River have received some good news.

The Regional District of the North Okanagan has rescinded the evacuation alert for the Shuswap River from Sugar to Mara lakes.

“The River Forecast Centre has also downgraded the advisory along the river as well,” said Gord Molendyk, with the local emergency response centre.

“The City of Enderby is also rescinding its alert along the Riverdale Street area.”

Emergency personnel would like to remind residents that while the alert has been rescinded, they should monitor the river regularly as it is still running high.

“It could remain that way for a bit longer with the hot weather causing the last of the snow melt,” said Molendyk.

Residents should be careful when involved in recreational activities on the river.

“The Tube Taxi company in Enderby has a warning on its website that it isn’t thinking of opening until at least late July,” said Molendyk.

“This is subject to the river dropping considerably. Private tubers should be aware that this is not a normal year and it’s likely the river won’t be safe to navigate for several weeks yet.”

Molendyk said there is a lot of debris in Mabel Lake that is still making its way into the river system, creating challenges for boaters and tubers.