Heavy rainfall advisory issued for North Okanagan

Authorities advise residents to watch out for potential flooding

With heavy rains in the forecast,  North Okanagan residents living in low-lying areas near creeks to remain alert and to take steps to protect their properties in case water levels rise quickly.

Environment Canada is calling for 20 to 30 millimetres of rain Monday night and a 60 per cent chance of showers Tuesday.

“To assist property owners who may experience flooding, a comprehensive sandbag program has been implemented,” said Brent Watson, North Okanagan Emergency Management manager,

The locations for sand and sand bags are as follows, residents are reminded to bring their own shovels:

Armstrong – for sand and sand bags call 250.546.3023 (same number for after hours)

Coldstream – sand and sand bags located at 2 locations:

  • Kalamalka Rd, across from Postill Drive
  • Lavington Area – School Road across from Jeffers Park
  • For emergencies call Public Works at 250.550.1505 during work hours or 250.545.5304 after hours

Enderby – sand and sand bags located at Public Works yards 2309 McGowan St.  For after hours call 250.838.7230.

Lumby – sand and sand bags located in gravel parking lot across from Lumby Arena/Curling Rink parking lot located at 2230 Shields Ave.  For after hours please call 250.547.2160.

RDNO – Sand Bags only located outside gates at the Fire Training Centre – 300 Pottery Rd.  Call 250.550.3731 during work hours.

Spallumcheen – sand and sand bags located outside gate of Public Works yards located at 1511 Eagle Rock Rd.  For after hours please call 250.546.3013.

Vernon:

Sand and sandbags located at two locations:

  • Vernon City Yards – outside main gate on Pleasant Valley Road
  • Corner of Okanagan Ave. and Okanagan Landing Rd

Sand Bags available at two locations

  • Work Hours – City Yards 1900 48th Ave.
  • After Hours – Vernon Fire Hall 3401 30th St.

Serious flooding should be reported to municipal public works departments.

In the electoral areas, serious or life-threatening flood situations should be reported to the Provincial Emergency Program at 1.800.663.3456.