Highs and lows of forecast raise North Okanagan flood concerns

Watch particularly narrowed on the Shuswap River – where there is currently a flood warning downstream of Mabel Lake near Enderby

The local flood threat isn’t over yet.

“We have concerns,” said Gord Molendyk, information officer for the North Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre.

The flood watch is particularly narrowed in on the Shuswap River – where there is currently a flood warning downstream of Mabel Lake near Enderby and a flood watch upstream of Mabel near Lumby.

With the forecast shifting to sunshine and temperatures reaching 30 degrees over the next few days, snow pack in the mountains will be melting. Then the weekend calls for rain.

“We are anticipating that there could be higher waters yet on the Shuswap,” said Molendyk.

A high streamflow advisory remains in effect for the entire North Okanagan.

Regional District staff continue to monitor the Shuswap water flows on a regular basis.

Staff flew over the river from Mara Lake to Sugar Lake Monday, where they saw firsthand localized flooding in several areas. Many of the residents have followed through with sandbagging their properties and moving their animals out of the immediate flood threat.

While emergency personnel are available as a last resort, Shirley Bond, Minister of Justice, reminds all B.C. residents to remain vigilant in protecting themselves and their property.

“Obviously we’re at the mercy of Mother Nature,” said Bond in a B.C. flood update conference call Tuesday.

Additional sandbag locations have now been set up in:

  • Grindrod – at Crandlemire and Foxwood roads
  • Cherryville – 205 Aumond Road