Emergency Operations Centre Update: Regional Flood Update

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is encouraging citizens to continue to be vigilant and prepared in the event that their properties and homes may be effected by flooding and ground water inundation.

The entire RDOS is under a State of Local Emergency which allows for mitigation works and access to additional resources. There are numerous areas of concern, which are being actioned and some significant successes.

This is an update of what is known at this time: Electoral Area ‘A’ – (Rural Osoyoos) Provincial agencies are monitoring Osoyoos Lake levels and preparing for Evacuation Orders if necessary. Sand bagging and private property protection is being undertaken by local residents and agencies work to keep infrastructure operational. May 15, 2018 The RDOS and Town of Osoyoos organized a public information meeting which provided residents an opportunity to ask questions and receive information from all response agencies.

Electoral Area ‘B’ – (Cawston) Several dikes in the Cawston area on the Similkameen River have been bolstered and remediated. Chopaka bridge and all bridges and roadways are being monitored for continued access for Area ‘B’ residents and residents of Lower Similkameen Indian Band. Note: Strategic locations in Electoral Area “B” and along the Similkameen River in Areas “G” and “H” now have camera installations that visually monitor river levels. This provides real time data, allowing for prompt mitigation responses should situations deteriorate.

Electoral Area ‘C’ – (Rural Oliver) Sportsman Bowl: Operations for flood mitigation have been actioned by BC Wildfire and construction crews. Continued monitoring of freeboard in waterways and removing sediment, debris continues. The culverts recently installed are working well. Willowbrook: Works are continuing, and the situation is being monitored. Testalinden, Tin Horn and Hester Creeks: Removal of sediment, boulders and debris continues. 2 Secrest Hill Road: Ministry of Transportation Infrastructure is continuing to manage the pumping along Secrest Hill Road. Roads 5, 6, 7, and 9, south of Oliver: Funding has been approved to undertake significant and strategic drainage works to mitigate flooding and further damage. These works are anticipated to begin shortly. Works continue with sediment removal and ongoing works.

Electoral Area ‘D’ – (East and west side Skaha Lake, Kaleden, Twin Lakes, Okanagan Falls) Okanagan Falls: Shuttleworth Creek is back within its channel, as significant rip rap and berm construction has taken place. Residents were evacuated for 24 hours while mitigation works were taking place and are now back in their homes. Green Lake: The current situation is stable, as pumping continues on a modified schedule. Twin Lakes: Pumping out of the lakes continues, and reinforcement gabion walls have been installed to protect the most ‘at risk’ properties and infrastructure.

Electoral Area ‘E’ (Naramata, Glenfir, Indian Rock) No new issues at this time.

Electoral Area ‘F’ – (Okanagan Lake West/West Bench) Faulder/Meadow Valley: No new issues in Faulder or Meadow Valley at this time. Red Wing Resort: Okanagan Lake level has prompted operational plans to be implemented. Joint works with Penticton Indian Band Fire Service for Tiger Dam installation will begin shortly.

Electoral Area ‘G’ – (Rural Keremeos/Hedley) Village of Keremeos: Evacuation Alerts remain in effect, and self-evacuations for those with conditions that require access to hospitals or ongoing treatments are encouraged. A local care home has relocated residents. Evacuation Alerts remain in effect along the Similkameen River flood plain. RCMP have plans for road closure and detours if required. River levels are being monitored by camera and emergency personnel.

Electoral Area ‘H’ – (Rural Princeton) Otter Lake –Tulameen River: Lake and river levels are rising, and drones have been dispatched to assess the situation. General Information:  Sand and sandbags continue to be dispatched to centralized locations throughout the region for residents to access and protect their properties. Over 1 million sandbags have been distributed to date.