Localized flooding from Mara Lake to Sugar Lake

Local authorities urge residents to be vigilant as flooding on Shuswap River remains a risk

The Shuswap River continues to pose a threat to many residents in the North Okanagan.

Officials flew over the river, from Mara Lake to Sugar Lake, Monday so they could see what conditions are like.

“There is localized flooding in several areas,” said Gord Molendyk, North Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre spokesperson.

“Many of the residents have followed through with sandbagging their properties and are moving their animals out of the immediate flood threat.”

The Emergency Operations Centre is reminding residents that the danger of flooding is not over.

“With weather forecasts of sunny and 30 degrees for Thursday and then rain for the weekend, water levels could continue to rise along the river,” said Molendyk.

“Take the necessary measures to protect your families and livestock, by sandbagging homes and buildings, set up water pumps if need be. Prepare your family to leave your home if an evacuation order is declared. Emergency personnel should be your last resort to assist you in an evacuation should it become your only means of getting out.”

Sandbag locations have been set up at Crandlemire and Foxwood Roads in Grindrod and at 205 Aumond Rd. in Cherryville.

For other sandbag locations, go to www.rdno.ca and www.vernon.ca/em/index.html. You can also call a pre-recorded information line at 250-550-3232.