Risk of flooding remains despite less severe weather

Emergency officials say even though weather conditions have been less severe than expected, we're not in the clear just yet.

“Mission Creek is still flowing very high, there’s still lots of snow that has to come down, and if there’s another rain event 3 days from now, it could put us back in that situation” says Ron Matussi, Director of the Emergency Operation Centre.

In fact, the risk of flooding can remain for up to another month.

“Until the snow melts and that input stops and then it’s just rain, we monitor the rain, and all that has to go through it, could be mid-June before we really get to a point where this will start subsiding.”

The evacuation order for 1824 and 1826 Marshall Street has been rescinded, however all previous evacuation orders and alerts remain in effect.

Residents living in low-lying areas are reminded to keep sandbags and other safeguards in place until the flood watch ends.

If you’re unsure whether you live in an area that’s at risk of flooding, the Emergency Operations Centre has released flood watch maps that can be found here.  

In addition to deploying sandbags and portable dams throughout the Central Okanagan to protect infrastructure, Emergency officials say they have been removing log jams and clearing culverts, monitoring creeks, keeping sandbags stocked and making plans for multiple future scenarios in advance.

For the most up-to-date information go to CORDEmergency.ca.