Okanagan Lake rises further

Okanagan Lake rises further

  • May. 20, 2017 10:30 a.m.

Okanagan Lake continues to grow in size, fuelling flooding concerns.

According to Central Okanagan Emergency Operations, the lake rose two centimetres Friday and is now 342.8 metres.

“Okanagan Lake is sitting just above the 1997 flooding level of 342.79 metres,” states a release.

For a visual representation of lake levels today and historical levels, check out the graphic at www.cordemergency.ca/beprepared/flood-faq.

Boating is not recommended this weekend, but boaters choosing to access Okanagan Lake are urged to drive slowly, stay away from the shore and avoid several areas at risk due to high waters and wave action.

Flooding has deposited significant debris in Okanagan Lake, including large trees and branches, making navigation on the lake hazardous. There are also many submerged docks.

Boat wakes can have significant impact on vulnerable properties. Boaters are reminded that they can be fined for operating a powerboat more than 10 kilometres per hour within 30 metres of shore. Boaters who choose to disregard safety notifications may also be fined.

Debris washed up on beaches should be left for the time being, as logs and other wood material can help to limit erosion caused by wave action. When the flood risk has passed, officials will provide details about how beach debris will be removed.