Lumby forced to sandbag homes

Despite some residential flooding in Lumby, the B.C. River Forecast Centre has ended its high streamflow advisory for the Interior

  • May. 26, 2013 5:00 p.m.

Despite some residential flooding in Lumby, the B.C. River Forecast Centre has ended its high streamflow advisory for the Interior.

The advisory was previously issued for areas including the Thompson (Salmon and Shuswap rivers) and Okanagan.

Since rainfall eased the advisory has ended as most rivers peaked Thursday and have since started to recede.

But residential flooding remains in Lumby, where water levels had risen substantially in some areas.

“We’ve got our firemen and some of our locals out doing sandbagging,” said Mayor Kevin Acton, who has been pushing the regional district to do more to control flows on Duteau Creek. “It’s getting pretty bad.”

Okanagan Lake is approximately 14 centimeters below full pool. Property owners living around lakes may wish to protect their docks and other waterfront structures from possible damage resulting from high water levels and wave action.

All boaters and those waterskiing or wakeboarding are asked to help reduce any potential shoreline erosion from waves by keeping speeds and wakes down especially when they are near or approaching the shoreline.  And please stay alert for any potential floating hazards brought into area lakes from the creek runoff.