Flooding prompts Emergency Operations Centre

Emergency Operations Centre activated to level two

  • Jun. 8, 2012 8:00 p.m.

Due to the flooding conditions in the regional, mainly in the Ashton Creek and  Enderby areas, the Emergency Operations Center has been activated to Level 2.

“With the forecast for more rain over the next few days we want the public to know personnel are on standby and ready to respond to any emergency as a result of flooding,” said Gord Molendyk, information officer for the EOC.

Level two means the center is open and several emergency personnel have been actively monitoring the flooding conditions in the area, and are in position to go to a full operational capacity if the conditions change at short notice.

Enderby-Mabel Lake Road was closed Wednesday but re-opened Thursday to single-lane traffic. Crews are actively working in the area to clear debris and damage to the road, caused by flood waters from Ashton Creek and water pooling off the hillsides.

The B.C. River Forecast Centre has issued a flood watch for the Shuswap/North Okanagan region.

A rainfall warning is effect for the entire Okanagan, including Vernon, from Environment Canada as upwards of 40 millimetres of rain are expected through Saturday.