Falkland area flood risk receding

  • May. 29, 2011 4:00 p.m.

All eyes are still on potential flooding in Falkland, but water levels are starting to recede.

Visual inspections Friday showed heavy rainfall didn’t lead to any excessive flooding other than some increased water pooling on low level fields.

“The Salmon River water gauges in both Falkland and Salmon are already indicating the level of the river is dropping in both areas,” said Cliff Doherty, with the Shuswap Emergency Program.

While the situation appears to be improving, the Shuswap Emergency Program continues to encourage residents living near the Salmon River who are susceptible to flooding, to continue to be prepared.

The situation will continue to be monitored, and should conditions change, a public alert will be issued at www.sepadvisory.com.

In the North Okanagan Regional District, residents are also being advised of potential high water.

“To the extent that localized flooding may occur, unless it is of an emergent or life-threatening nature, response and mitigation will remain the responsibility of the public works/fire departments of the various municipalities,” said Helen Sinclair, with North Okanagan Emergency Management.

NOEM is continuing to work with government and local agencies to closely monitor the situation.

“Should flooding become serious and widespread, North Okanagan Emergency Management will activate the emergency program,” said Sinclair, adding that updates will be provided through the media.


Information can be found at www.vernon.ca/em/index.html.