Flooding woes continue

On Friday morning, there is flooding on Vernon’s 20th Street and water levels are up in Lumby

Sandbags are keeping back flooding in many areas. (photo submitted)

A major storm didn’t arrive in the North Okanagan, but the concern over flooding hasn’t disappeared.

Environment Canada’s severe thunderstorm forecast was cancelled mid-Thursday night, but on Friday morning, high water levels were reported in the 4900 block of Vernon’s 20 Street.

“Sand and sandbags have been delivered to aid those working onsite,” said Tanya Laing Gahr, the city’s communications officer.

Sand and sandbags are available at 4005 Pleasant Valley Rd., Okanagan Hills Boulevard and Bella Vista Road, city operations outside of the main gate on Pleasant Valley Road and the corner of Okanagan Avenue and Okanagan Landing Road.

By Friday morning, rain had led water in Lumby to increase 200 millimetres.

“It was better than what we expected but it’s still not good,” said Tom Kadla, the village’s chief administrative officer.

Kadla is discussing conditions with provincial officials, and water levels will be monitored throughout the weekend.

“Forecasts can change so we still need to be prepared,” he said.

Vernon property owners are urged to keep andbags in place at throughout the weekend.

Blocked culverts and water debris that cause an emergent threat of flooding should be reported to public works department at operations@vernon.ca or by calling 250-549-6757.

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