Flooding remains a priority across region

Flooding remains a priority across region

Flooding still dominates daily activities in the North Okanagan.

In Lumby, crews continue to bolster earthworks holding back the three creeks in the village.

“Provincial Forestry workers are in the community to assist in emergency response efforts including brush removal,” said Tom Kadla, chief administrative officer.

“We are waiting for the Disaster Financial Assistance team to arrive to assist the village in providing information to the properties impacted by the evacuation order.”

And for many communities, including Vernon, all eyes are on Okanagan Lake, which is climbing closer to full pool.

As of Tuesday morning, the lake had climbed more than 2.5 centimetres to 342.70 metres since Monday afternoon. Full pool is 343.6 metres.

Snowmelt and rain are also forcing the Shuswap River to rise, and that has Enderby officials monitoring conditions.

“If we don’t get extreme weather, we should be OK. We will wait and see,” said Mayor Greg McCune.

High water is also creating challenges in Falkland.

“Roads are washed out, people’s driveways, you name it,” said Rene Talbot, area director.

Sections of both Pillar Lake and Silver Creek roads are both reduced to single lane due to washouts, CN had to put substantial work into a track on Salmon River Bench and the track over Salmon River next to Highway 97 just out side of Falkland is sitting dangerously close to the water.

“If it comes up a little more (the railroad tracks) will be under water,” said Talbot.

The ongoing flooding situation is impacting residents throughout the region.

* Motorists are being advised that Highway 97A between Grindrod and Sicamous will be closed today between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The closure is necessary to clean up debris from a recent mudslide. A detour is available by using Highway 97B.

* Due to high water levels, Coldstream is closing all boat launches at the north end of Kalamalka Lake until further notice. There is a concern that wave action from boats could create shore erosion.

However, there has also been some good news:

* As of Tuesday morning, Greater Vernon Water had rescinded the boil water notice for Vernon, Coldstream, Areas B and C, some areas of Area D and Spallumcheen, including Stepping Stones.

* The City of Enderby has also rescinded a boil water advisory. The boil water advisory was initiated May 5 because of high turbidity on the Shuswap River.

* An evacuation order has been rescinded for 17 properties along Kilkenny Place in the Killiney Beach subdivision. A landslide Saturday prompted the evacuation order.