Flooding alert issued in Lake Country

Lake Country and North Westside residents along watercourses asked to take caution

  • Apr. 10, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Lake Country and North Westside residents living along waterfront and creeks should consider steps to protect their property and reduce the risk of flooding.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan says seasonal temperatures and forecasted showers are increasing flows and levels of water bodies.

“A sudden prolonged warm spell combined with heavy rains could increase the risk of above-average creek levels and potential flooding,” said Bruce Smith, communications officer.

Local governments and the Ministry of Environment are monitoring water levels and weather conditions connected to the annual spring runoff and, if needed, will issue further notices.

“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 Smith.

Stockpiles of sandbags are available at the fire halls in Lake Country and North Westside.

At this time, property owners are responsible for providing their own sand to fill the bags.

For information, go to www.cordemergency.ca.