Weather leaves residents uneasy

Shuswap River at max in Enderby, Lumby evacuation alert rescinded

Weather leaves residents uneasy

Thunderstorms, rain and winds are dampening the already worn spirits of those near water.

Many North Okanagan residents were bracing themselves Thursday as a storm rolled over.

“We just have our fingers crossed that we don’t have anything major,” Enderby Mayor Greg McCune said, while keeping an eye on Shuswap River.

“The river is at its max right now. We’re seeing flooding levels similar to 2012.”

Another concern in the area is boaters, whose wake can cause further damage and flooding. But with all boat launches closed on the swollen river, there’s been little action.

“For the most part everybody’s pretty conscious of what is happening,” said McCune, adding that the prime river floating season for tubers is July 7 on, but that could be pushed back.

In Lumby, evacuation alerts were rescinded Tuesday and efforts are underway to assist those impacted.

“We are now focusing on collaborating with the appropriate agencies to assist the evacuation order properties in moving forward and to assist them with whatever their unique situation poses them (working with Disaster Financial Assistance, Red Cross , etc.),” said Tom Kadla, chief administrative officer.

Those properties that have been impacted by flood protection measures are also being addressed.

“The village will be performing restoration works once recovery has been approved by the province but at the current time we ask that all residents inform us of any concerns and we are striving to make sure all affected individuals needs are met while we transition to the next stage of recovery.”