Osoyoos says it's open for business

In a news release from Destination Osoyoos - representatives say most of the town and surrounding area remains unaffected by flooding and is open for business.

Due to warm temperatures and an increased snowpack, the combined conditions have contributed to high water and flooding in the South Okanagan, Similkameen, and Boundary areas - and the Similkameen River has pushed additional water back into Osoyoos Lake and this has resulted in localized flooding in some locations, including the town of Osoyoos.

53 properties and 2 lakefront hotels have been evacuated as well as 17 other rural properties.

In an effort to decrease damage and in the interest of public safety, sẁiẁs Park (Haynes Point), Paradise Park, and the area marinas are currently closed.

Both residents and visitors are encouraged to limit activities on the lake to paddle boarding and kayaking and to avoid impacted areas.

Updated information regarding the current water levels, orders, alerts, and emergency resources can be found at http://www.rdos.bc.ca/home/.

All routes into Osoyoos are open, including Highway 3 in both directions; travelers are encouraged to check Drive BC/Major Events as conditions can change without notice.