Flood protection promoted

North Okanagan residents living along lakes, creeks and rivers should try and reduce the risk of flooding

  • May. 3, 2013 5:00 a.m.

North Okanagan residents living along lakes, creeks and rivers should try and reduce the risk of flooding.

Above average seasonal temperatures in the coming week will increase flows and levels of water bodies throughout the region, making flooding more likely.

“Affected property owners adjacent to creeks, streams and lakes are responsible for having a plan as well as the tools and equipment necessary to protect their properties from possible flood damage,” said Helen Sinclair, deputy emergency management co-ordinator.

Stockpiles of sandbags are available at the following locations:

Armstrong – sand and sandbags are located at Public Works yards 2950 Patterson Ave. For after hours, call 250.546.3023

Coldstream – sand and sandbags are located at Kalamalka Road, across from Postill Drive, and School Road,  across from Jeffers Park. For after hours, call 250.545.5304

Enderby – sand and sandbags are located at the public works yards 2309 McGowan St. For after hours, call 250.838.7230

Lumby – sand and sandbags are located in the gravel parking lot 2230 Shields Ave. For after hours, call 250.547.2160

RDNO – Call 250-550-3700.

Spallumcheen – Sand and sandbags are located at the public works yards at 1511 Eagle Rock Rd. For after hours, call 250.546.3013

Vernon – Sand and sandbags are located at the city yards, outside of the main gate on Pleasant Valley Road, and on the corner of Okanagan Avenue and Okanagan Landing Road. For after hours, call 250.542.5361

Sandbags are also available during work hours at the Vernon city yards, 1900 48th Ave., and after-hours at the Vernon fire hall. 3401 30th St.

“In the municipalities, blocked culverts and water debris that causes an emergent threat of flooding should be reported to the local public works department,” said Sinclair.

“In the Regional District of the North Okanagan electoral areas, contact the Ministry of Transportation at 604-660-9770.”

Further information and reference material can be obtained at http://embc.gov.bc.ca/em/floods/index.html