Latest Okanagan flood update

While lake levels in the Central Okanagan decline slowly, water levels remain at historic highs.

Warm seasonal weather over the next week is expected to bring moderate afternoon winds ranging from 20 to 30 kilometres-an-hour daily.

Property owners along the lakeshore should continue to routinely assess and bolster flood protection measures.

Residents can visit www.cordemergency.ca/map to find locations of pre-filled sandbags, sandbags and sand.

Okanagan Lake dropped 2.1 centimetres to 343.144 metres above sea level overnight, compared to 343.165 metres yesterday morning.

Okanagan Lake remains 66 centimetres above full pool. Even if the lake begins to decline more rapidly, levels will not return to normal until the end of July.

Kalamalka Lake dropped 1.3 centimetres to 392.325 metres above sea level.

Residents wanting to drop of their own sandbags at their cost can do so at the following depots:

Kelowna

-Cook Road Boat Launch outside the Hotel Eldorado - Mission
-Burtch Road - Apple Bowl Parking Lot

District of Lake Country

-Woodsdale Road - Beasley Park Parking Lot

If it is questionable that sandbags have come into contact with bacteria or chemicals and oils, personal usage is discouraged and residents should include them in the collection of sandbags.

Under no circumstances should sandbags be emptied on beaches or into any creeks, wetland, beaches or other watercourses as outlined in the Water Sustainability Act. The impact can destroy fish habitat and affect drinking water, infrastructure, flood control, navigation and recreational activities. Report violations to Natural Resource at 1 877-952-7277, (Option 2) toll-free or #7277 on a cellphone.

For municipal information such as boat launch, park and beach closures, and water quality advisories, visit their websites:
- City of Kelowna
- City of West Kelowna
- District of Lake Country
- District of Peachland
- Regional District of Central Okanagan
- Westbank First Nation