More lakefront properties need flood protection

There's another warning from emergency officials that lakefront residents should do what they can to flood-proof their properties. 

Okanagan Lake rose 4 cms since Monday morning passing the 1990 flood level - and is now just 9 cms below this year's projected flood level of 343 metres.

Kari O'Rourke, at the Emergency Operations Centre, says surveillance flights of Okanagan Lake found many waterfront properties have not been adequately protected.

"There are a number of properties that have not put in flood protection measures, so we're highly recommending that they do it sooner rather than later. Obviously weather is a factor; we'll see some strong winds Tuesday night that could have an impact on erosion of the shoreline, and that is certainly a concern," she says. Sandbagging stations are stocked and replenished daily at several locations.

O'Rourke says it appears people got the message about not boating over the long weekend.

"I think it was a little quieter than we expected, which is a good thing. I think people are getting the message that there are safety concerns with all the floating debris, and the protection of the shoreline from erosion from wave action, are priorities," she says. O'Rourke says boating is still not recommended on Central Okanagan Lakes this week. 

For more information on flood preparation, including sand and sandbag locations, and how to build a barrier - check out www.cordemergency.ca